Bariatric Mattress: 10 Natural Remedies to Treat Pressure Ulcers
Among the natural remedies to treat pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, pressure sores, and decubitus ulcers, are honey, aloe vera, papaya milk, comfrey leaves, elm, turmeric powder, witch hazel and myrrh, vitamin and fiber rich diet, and water.
Bedsores are wounds that eventually turn into itching and inflamed ulcers. If pressure sores are not treated promptly, the condition may become deadly; however, they can be kept under control by cleaning the patient thoroughly, keeping him or her dry, and moving him or her frequently, to avoid continuous pressure on a specific area of the body.
Pressure ulcers are basically wounds that do not heal, causing the area around it to get inflamed. These are very common lesions in bedridden, paralyzed, elderly, and coma patients, all of whom have to spend long periods of time lying down in bed or sitting, and can't move on their own, producing excessive and constant pressure on certain body parts.
The most affected areas of the body are:
- Lower legs
- Shoulder blades
Small pressure sores have to be covered regularly; more aggressive wounds may require surgery. There are also very expensive, time consuming, and painful treatments, like the "Electric Stimulation", the "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy", and the "Vacuum Assisted Closure". If not treated fast, bedsores can impede blood circulation to certain body parts, making it necessary to amputate members, or ending life.
During the early stages of the condition, pressure sores can be treated and completely cured with natural remedies. The key is to detect their appearance early on, which is easy, and to start treatment immediately.
The main symptoms of bedsores are:
- Itching in over-pressured areas
- Tearing or lesions on the skin, especially in areas where there is little skin and a lot of bone
- Red skin that does not turn white when pressed on
- The area is warm or swollen, and smells bad
- A sore, blister, or hole is appearing
- The joints and muscles ache
The key to preventing bedsores from aggravating is to take good care of the patient. Among the natural remedies that have proven effective in controlling pressure ulcers, are these blessed 10:
Vitamin-rich diet Bedridden patients must ingest important quantities of vitamins A, B, C, D, and E so as to prevent the appearance and development of bedsores. The caregiver has to apply oils with vitamin E to the body.
Fiber-rich diet In order for the body to heal the bedsores, it has to correct the wear and tear loss and deposition of protein fibers for fast healing. It is important that the patient eat beetroot, beans, lentil, rice bran, and fruits. He or she should avoid meat and fats.
Honey Every time a bandage is going to be applied, it must be coated with a thick layer of sugar or honey, because it detoxifies the wound by killing germs. The honey should not be diluted; otherwise, it will promote the growth of pathogens instead of their destruction.
Aloe Vera The wounds can be cleaned with a saline solution containing aloe vera gel. This will keep them clean and will not allow spreading.
Papaya milk This remedy is soaked on the bandage and should be applied at least three times a day to get rid of the dead tissue.
Comfrey leaves and Elm Equal parts of these two are taken and mixed into a paste, which is later applied to a cloth and put over the bedsore overnight.
Turmeric powder This is used to disinfect the bedsore. It is simply sprinkled over the affected area.
Witch Hazel and Myrrh The bedsores can be washed with this mix. The witch hazel acts as an astringent.
Water Water maintains the skin soft and gets rid of dead tissues. Patients must drink between 8 and 10 glasses per day.
Another kind of natural remedy doesn't involve herbs or foods; however, it is highly effective. Bedridden patients must move or be moved in cases where they can't do it by themselves frequently. This involves a great deal of sacrifice both from the patient and the caregiver, because this procedure must be done every hour throughout the day and all night. Eventually, someone will collapse from exhaustion.
A brilliant solution for this issue is the bariatric mattress, which is a turning system that automatically deals with moving the patient at established periods of time, so that the caregiver doesn't have to do it manually, except to treat wounds, for bowel programs, and personal hygiene.
The Völkner® bariatric mattress is a necessity for the bedridden patient's every day life, because it maintains proper blood flow and sustains the skin's integrity. We invite you to read about our philosophy, and the science behind our bariatric mattress, the Völkner® Turning System.
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