Being confined to a wheelchair or bed can create a host of issues that affect blood circulation and the health of your skin. Reduced blood flow to certain body parts can result in a breakdown of the skin. As a result, sores can develop. To treat and prevent weakened skin, natural cures for bedsores can provide a solution for early stages.
What are Bedsores?
Bedsores (also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers) appear when the skin is damaged by insufficient blood flow. Ongoing pressure causes circulation to certain body parts to stop. The hips, buttocks, and heels are the most susceptible to bedsores . These locations pose problems that make the sores difficult to heal. Bedsores are a common threat to people in a hospital or nursing home.
There are four stages of development for a bed sore. Home remedies can help treat stages I and II, but anything more serious requires medical attention. Stage III bedsores resemble craters, while the muscle, bones, tendons and joints are affected with a stage IV diagnosis. A medical professional should treat a bedsore that is red, tender, warm, swollen, and emits a foul odor.
Symptoms of Bedsores
Early detection of a bed sore is vital so that it doesn’t have time to get worse. Typical symptoms include itching, lesions on the skin, discomfort, and redness. Pus may form as it worsens. In later stages, you will see a small crater or blister. The joints and surrounding muscles may become painful.
Bedsore Natural Cures
The natural world is filled with many different ways to treat your toughest medical concerns. Treating bedsores at the first sign of damage is important to prevent a serious infection. If you are looking at a long stay in the hospital, have a relative in a nursing home, or have to be in a wheelchair during a long recovery, you may want to get familiar with natural cures for bedsores.
a) Maunka Honey:
For centuries, honey has been known as a natural remedy that provides a wide range of healing solutions, including wound care. Offering high UMF levels (associated with healing properties), Manuka honey is one of the best kinds to select for treating bedsores. Gently spread the honey over the wound and cover with a bandage. The honey will promote tissue regeneration. Bandages should be changed at least once within a 24-hour period. An improvement should be seen within one week to 10 days.
To soothe skin and kill germs associated with bedsores, use an oil or ointment that contains calendula. Apply the herbal remedy to the bedsore after it has been cleaned. You can apply the calendula two times per day.
c) Vitamin C and Zinc:
Increasing your intake of vitamins is helpful in getting rid of bedsores, especially vitamin C and zinc, which encourage a faster healing process of bedsore wounds.
d) Slippery Elm:
Add slippery elm to an herbal poultice for treating bedsores to take advantage of its wound healing properties.
Comfrey is a type of herb known as a demulcent, which has the power to protect tissue from irritation and inflammation.
f) Slippery Elm and Comfrey:
Together, the two herbs create a one-two punch against bedsores. Make a paste out of slippery elm and comfrey to protect tissue from irritation, stop inflammation, and promote the healing process. Apply the paste to bedsores and wrap with a clean cotton cloth to prevent and treat infection.
A combination of iodine and milk of magnesia can treat bedsores. Add ingredients to a bowl and let the mixture stand for about 30 minutes. Apply the blend to bedsores several times a day as needed. Some patients report seeing a change in healing after a couple of days have passed.
h) Honey and Vegetable Juices:
A mixture comprised of two tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of rhubarb juice can be used to treat bedsores. Add the honey and juice to a shaker to combine the ingredients. Apply the remedy to bedsores and cover with a bandage. Don’t forget to change the dressing on a daily basis. If your remedy comes out to thin, add a bit of flour to thicken the treatment up.
i) Aloe Vera:
Clean bedsores before applying the healing power of aloe vera gel, which promote a faster rate of recovery. Apply the gel one to two times a day. The gel will also provide soothing relief.
Clean open sores with a saltwater solution every time you change your dressing.
The ‘milk’ that comes from the trunk or green fruit of the papaya can be absorbed into a bandage that is then applied at least three time a day until the affected skin shows signs of healing.
l) Turmeric Powder:
As a way to disinfect a pressure sore, try sprinkling turmeric powder on affect skin.
m) Witch Hazel and Myrrh:
Mix myrrh resin and witch hazel (which acts as an astringent) to create a topical remedy for bedsores. Wash affected skin two to four times per day with the mixture.
n) Witch Hazel and Goldenseal:
To disinfect and clean bedsore wounds, use witch hazel and goldenseal to create a natural treatment that is applied to affected skin. You can also drink goldenseal as a healing tea .
o) Echinacea Powder:
You can use Echinacea powder to disinfect bedsores because it works as a natural antibiotic. Sprinkle a thin layer of Echinacea powder on affected skin, and then cover with a piece of gauze.
p) Naturally Aided Bowel Movements:
Having a daily bowel movement can help prevent bedsores from worsening. Natural aids include flaxseeds grounds, psyllium husks, and oat bran.
q) Herbal Soap:
A patient with bedsores can benefit from having a daily sponge bath with herbal or vitamin E soap.
r) Buckwheat Tea:
Drinking the Chinese variety of buckwheat key can help the immune system, as well as address circulatory issues.