Bed Sores On Buttocks
Treating Bed Sores on the Buttocks
Bed sores on the buttocks is a pretty common occurrence among people who are bound to a bed or wheelchair on a frequent basis. Bed sores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are patches of skin that become red, sensitive, and cracked. They are often uncomfortable for the sufferer and usually cause a great deal of pain if the condition is not treated. Cracking around the sore can lead to ulceration which, if left untreated, can become infected. An untreated infection can develop gangrene which leads to an entirely new set of symptoms and issues. As you can see, bed sores can be much more trouble than one would initially think—especially bed sore on the buttocks which are much more difficult to avoid.
What causes bed sores?
Bed sores are caused by constant pressure against a particular area of skin. Most bed sores occur on areas where there is little fat to cushion the skin from rubbing against bone, such as the coccyx (aka “tailbone”). The thin skin becomes pinched between the bone and the material of the bed or wheelchair where it is unable to move or breathe. Bed sores are also common among people who must wear a cast for a long period of time or those who have weakened pain sensory. Pressure against the skin results in reddening that closely resembles a sunburn in appearance. The immediate area usually does not turn white when it is touched. Eventually the cells of the skin will begin to die off from a lack of proper blood circulation and the area will turn purple.
How can bed sores be treated?
In order to treat a bed sore effectively, one has to remove the pressure causing the irritation in the first place. This can be done by using a cushion or a padding of gauze. Ointment cream can also be applied to the area to soothe the discomfort, itching, or cracking that can result from bedsores. Antibiotic cream may be used if any sores show signs of infection. In conjunction with ointment and padding the area, pain medication such as Aleve or Motrin work very well to take the edge off of the pain.
It is a good idea to remember one’s hygiene when dealing with bed sores to prevent or reduce inflammation and infection. The sores should be washed daily, preferably with a saline solution which will rinse away daily accumulation of dirt and dead skin. The skin around the sore should also be kept clean and dry.
How can bed sores on the buttocks be prevented?
The best way to prevent bed sores on the buttocks is to make sure that one is not left to lie or sit in a certain position for too long. When one is bound to a bed, sitting upright throughout the day can have its downside. When sitting for long periods of time, it is important to change position every hour. Fresh pillows or foam inserts should be fluffed or replaced regularly to also aid in the prevention of bed sores. For people who spend a great deal of time lying down, they must change position every two hours. This involves switching from one side to the other, and then to the back.
It is always a good idea to change the bed linen or cushions often. This will ensure that particles or bunching does not build up which can rub against the skin or apply pressure that could result in the formation of bed sores. The skin should be inspected at least once a day to detect any early signs of bed sores. If the beginnings of a sore seem to pop up, then one should be careful to avoid taking on any positions which result in added pressure to the affected area.