Information Regarding Various Types of Body Sores
People develop body sores for various reasons, and they can manifest in several different ways. A sore on your body may simply be an anomaly that will go away on its own, but it could also be a sign that there is something wrong.
If you have developed body sores, or even one, and are not sure what to do, this article provides basic information. If the sores continue to worsen and not go away, it’s important that you seek medical attention, as you may need to be put on a regimen of antibiotics.
Common Causes of Body Sores
As previously stated, there can be numerous reasons why sores may develop on the body. A simple insect bite may be at fault, as may a bacterial infection. In other cases, though, serious health problems may be a contributing factor.
Bug bites are a frequent cause of body sores, particularly if the person scratches at them and breaks the skin. Sometimes, however, a particularly nasty type of insect may sting or bite you. In cases such as this, the bite or puncture wound may devolve and become a seeping, open sore. Certain spider bites, for instance, can actually cause the surrounding tissues to degrade and rot. Clearly, this is cause for immediate medical attention.
Infections may also result in sores on the body. Warts, for example, are caused by bacterial infections on the surface of the skin. If not properly cared for they can spread as well. While they can go away on their own, it may take months, or even years before you are 100% wart-free.
Certain pre-existing health conditions may also result in various types of sores on the body. Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Leukemia, Herpes, and even being bedridden for extended periods of time have all been known to cause difficult to treat sores that may bleed, seep, crack, and cause excruciating pain for the sufferer.
Basic Care for Body Sores
Depending on the type of sores you have on your body, you may need to contact a wound specialist for information on how to properly clean the affected area, particularly after a medical procedure. There are some basic things you can do though by yourself to help treat non-threatening sores that may have developed.
Keeping the sore clean is one of the most important things you can do to speed up recovery time. Use a gentle soap and warm, not hot, water to gingerly cleanse the area. Do not over-wash though. Wash your sore, or sores, twice a day. You may want to use a topical antibacterial ointment, but not on severe, seeping sores.
You also want to be sure to keep the sore as dry as you can. Letting your sore breathe by exposing it to air can help dry it out and kill bacteria. If your sore is open and leaking, however, you will want to keep it covered with clean dressings. If your sore is open but not leaking, you can opt to have it covered part of the day, but exposed during the night while you sleep.
Regardless of how itchy your sore may be, never scratch a sore. If you have it available, take an oral antihistamine or soak in an oatmeal bath. Even hydrocortisone creams may be of use.
When bathing or cleaning your sore, do not rub it dry with a towel. Allow it to air dry, or if necessary, you can pat it dry. Rubbing can aggravate the sore and spread the infection around to undamaged tissues. Be sure to use a fresh towel every time to prevent spreading of the bacteria to other people.
If the sores do not begin to clear up, or if they begin to spread, seek medical attention quickly. You may need to begin taking medications to help fight off infection and clear them up.