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Pressure Ulcers

Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers) Treatments in Las Vegas, NV and Brooklyn, NY

When the skin’s blood flow is interrupted for longer than two to three hours, a bedsore forms. The bedsore begins as a painful, red spot and later turns purple as the skin dies. If treatment is not received, the skin may split open and an infection may spread. The use of gels, lotions, and dressings intended to relieve pressure and accelerate the recovery procedure is part of medical care for pressure ulcers. Visit Dr. Salvatore C. Guadino, D.P.M., and Jesse Harvey at Diabetes & Wound Specialists for effective treatments for bedsores. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you.

Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers) Treatments Near Me in Las Vegas NV and Brooklyn NY
Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers) Treatments Near Me in Las Vegas NV and Brooklyn NY

Table of Contents:

What are pressure ulcers?
What are the early signs of pressure ulcers?
What are the 4 stages of pressure ulcers?
What is the fastest way to heal a pressure ulcer?

What are pressure ulcers?


Pressure ulcers, which most people know as bedsores, are caused by prolonged pressure on the skin and underlying tissues. They are common in people who are bedridden or wheelchair-bound for extended periods, as well as those who have trouble with mobility due to injury or illness. Pressure ulcers can develop on any part of the body but are most likely to occur on bony prominences like the hips, heels, and tailbone.
 
The pressure of the body weight on these areas can cause the skin to get damaged, leading to the onset of an ulcer. The damage may be worsened by friction and shear forces, which can occur when the skin rubs against bedding or clothing.
 
Pressure ulcers are classified into different stages based on their severity. Stage 1 pressure ulcers are the mildest and only affect the outermost layer of skin. The most severe pressure ulcers are stage 4 and can go down to the bone.
 
If left untreated, pressure ulcers can cause serious complications such as infection and tissue damage. Proper care, including frequent repositioning, good nutrition, and keeping the skin clean and dry, can help prevent the development of pressure ulcers.

What are the early signs of pressure ulcers?


Pressure ulcers are an injury that occurs when prolonged pressure on the skin and underlying tissues causes damage to the affected area. They usually happen around the bony areas of the body, like the hips, heels, and tailbone, and can be quite painful. In the early stages of development, pressure ulcers may appear as reddened or discolored skin that is warm to the touch and may be tender or swollen. It’s important to note that not all cases of redness or discoloration indicate the presence of a pressure ulcer, but if left untreated, these early signs can progress to more severe wounds that can be difficult to treat. If you or someone you know might have a pressure ulcer, it’s important to seek medical attention right away to prevent further damage and promote healing.

What are the 4 stages of pressure ulcers?


The four stages of pressure ulcers represent a continuum of tissue damage that occurs as a result of prolonged pressure on the skin and underlying tissues.
 
Stage 1 pressure ulcers are characterized by intact skin that shows redness, discoloration, or warmth in the affected area. The skin may feel different from the surrounding area and may be painful or itchy. When pressure is relieved, the redness or discoloration may not fade immediately, indicating damage to the underlying tissues.
 
In stage 2 pressure ulcers, the skin breaks open, forming a shallow ulcer or blister. The area can get red around the ulcer, and the ulcer may be painful or itchy. The ulcer is often covered by a layer of yellowish or brownish fluid, indicating that the body is trying to heal the damaged tissue.
 
Stage 3 pressure ulcers involve deeper tissue damage that extends beyond the skin and into the underlying tissue. The ulcer is more like a crater, with a depth that may vary depending on the location of the ulcer. The tissue beneath the skin may be damaged or necrotic, and the ulcer may be surrounded by a hard, blackened area of dead tissue known as eschar.
 
In stage 4 pressure ulcers, the ulcer has progressed to the point where it has caused extensive tissue damage and may extend into the muscle and bone. The ulcer may appear as a deep crater with a wide base, and the surrounding tissue may be black, blue, or purple. The ulcer may be covered with eschar or slough, indicating that the body is attempting to remove dead tissue. Patients with stage 4 pressure ulcers are at risk for serious complications, including infection, sepsis, and necrotizing fasciitis.

What is the fastest way to heal a pressure ulcer?


Healing a pressure ulcer can take time and may require medical attention. However, some of the fastest ways to promote healing include keeping the affected area clean and dry, relieving pressure by changing positions frequently or using specialized cushions, and eating a nutritious diet to provide the body with the nutrients it needs to heal. It’s imperative to talk with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options.

Our experienced professionals offer treatments for pressure ulcers at Diabetes & Wound Specialists. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Las Vegas NV, 74th Street Brooklyn NY, Spring Valley NV, Summerlin NV,  Fort Hamilton NY, Henderson NV, Paradise NV, Manhattan NY, Jamaica NY, Bay Ridge NY, and surrounding areas.


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