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Pressure Sores - Home Treatment


Treating pressure sores

As you treat a pressure sore, you will know it is healing correctly if:

  • The sore is getting smaller.
  • Pinkish tissue is forming along the edges of the sore, gradually moving toward the center.
  • The sore bleeds a little. This means there is blood circulation in the area, which helps healing.

After a pressure sore is healed, the skin is still very fragile. It is easy for the skin to break down again, especially for the first month after the sore is healed. To decrease the risk that the pressure sore will come back, slowly return to the positions that put pressure on the area where the sore was. For example, apply pressure for no more than 15 to 30 minutes at first, and check to see if the redness fades within 15 minutes after you take the pressure off. Talk to your doctor or nurse about a plan for returning to your normal positions and activities after a pressure sore is healed.

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Last Updated: February 22, 2013
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