How do Bed Sores Occur?

by Dylan Bowen April 07, 2022 1 min read

How do Bed Sores Occur?

How do Bed Sores Occur?

A bedsore develops when blood supply to the skin is cut off for more than 2 to 3 hours. As the skin dies, the bedsore first starts as a red, painful area, which eventually turns purple. Left untreated, the skin can break open and the area can become infected.

Bedsores can gradually deepen, extending down to muscle and bone. Upon developing a bedsore it is very often slow to heal. Depending on the prior conditions of the victim to them alongside the potential presence of other underlying conditions, bedsores can take days in some cases or up to weeks, months and sadly years to fully heal. Surgical treatment is also employed to treat bedsores.

If left untreated, a bedsore can become infected. An infected bedsore can cause a rising fever and regular cold chills, alongside extending the time it takes to heal the bedsore total. The infection often spreads, resulting in mental confusion, erratic or sped up heart-beat and a general sensation of weakness.

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