A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bedsores
I had a question the other day about bedsores.
A bedsore is an injury to your skin and/or the tissues under your skin.
Constant pressure on an area of skin reduces blood supply to the area.
Over time, it can cause your skin to break down and form an open sore.
Bedsores are more likely to form if you’re in the hospital or confined to a chair or bed.
Bedsores most often form on your skin over bony areas where there’s little cushion between your bone and skin.
Most bedsores form on the lower part of your body, including over your tailbone, on your back along your spine, on your buttocks, on your hips, and on your heels.
Other common spots are the back of your head; the backs of your ears; your shoulders, elbows, and ankles; and between your knees where your legs rub together.
Bedsores can range from red areas on the surface of your skin to severe tissue damage going deep into muscle and bone.
These sores are hard to treat and slow to heal.
Other problems, like bone, blood, and skin infections, can develop when bedsores don’t heal properly.
As we get older, our skin gets thinner, drier, and less elastic, so it’s easier to damage.
Poor nutrition—common among older people and people who can’t move easily—makes these natural changes in your skin worse.
Skin in this condition may easily develop a pressure sore.
Treatment focuses on preventing a sore from getting worse and on making your skin healthy again.
To deal with bedsores it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Herbal ointments should be applied to closed wounds only. Open wounds should always be treated by a qualified health care practitioner.
*Aloe vera gel, ointment, or cream can be applied topically to bedsores.
*Calendula cream, gel, or ointment can be applied topically to an affected area. Use as directed on the label.
*Comfrey ointment or calendula ointment can be used externally.
*Eat a simple, well-balanced diet with plenty of raw, fresh fruits and green and yellow vegetables to ensure a good supply of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. People with bedsores usually don’t get enough protein so it’s important to focus on increasing its intake.
*Essential fatty acids have been shown to play an integral role in the health of your skin. Taken internally or applied externally as a lotion (only to closed, well-healed wounds), they help maintain the integrity and elasticity of your skin, as well as preventing a loss of moisture, which leads to dry and scaly skin. Excellent sources of essential fatty acids are natural vegetable oils like canola, corn, olive, safflower, and soy oils; wheat germ; edible seeds, like pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower; and fish oils – especially cod-liver oil.
*Consume liquids around the clock, even if you’re not thirsty. Use purified water, herbal teas, and sugar-free juices. Liquids are important in keeping your colon clean and bladder working right.
*Eliminate animal fats, fried foods, junk foods, processed foods, and sugar from your diet.
*Make sure your bowels move every day.
*Give immediate attention to lowering your body’s pH level to 5.5 or lower to prevent bacteria in the sores from multiplying. Place 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, add a little honey, and sip with meals.
*Use Enfuselle skin care products.
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
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