A bedsore is otherwise known as pressure ulcers and decubitus ulcers. Bedsores occur as ulcers on the area that are exposed to extreme pressure while lying on the bed and sitting in the chair. Patients with diabetes, circulation problems and poor nutrition have an increased chance of developing bedsores. It often occurs on the buttocks, heel of the foot, and shoulder blade. Changing position frequently and reducing the pressure on the affected area provides relief.
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Query: Hello doctor, I just saw a bedsore on the upper side of my father's leg. He is a congestive heart failure patient and got bedsores because he does not move regularly. Sometimes, the skin becomes dark. Please suggest a treatment for the same. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have gone through the image you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patients' identity), and it suggests a bedsore. The best treatment is to avoid pressure in that area. I suggest he should sleep in a position where the ... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, Can you please suggest the medicine and treatment for a stage four pressure ulcer on the hip? It is a few centimeters above the buttocks. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. This is a bedsore seen in bedridden patients, so proper precautions and care are required. And you can take surgery reference once. I would suggest you do the following things, 1) Patient should sleep on an air matt... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, My brother met with an accident while riding his bike. His D4 and D5 vertebra got fractured and he is not able to move due to loss of sensation from the upper part of the abdomen. The doctor said that he is suffering from paraplegia due to complete damage to the main spinal cord nerve,... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, natural body healing is the only way at present for paraplegia and spinal cord recovery. The only things that we can do are as follows. Surgery is done to give the spinal cord the space to heal and prevent any further damage from the vertebrae. Physiotherapy to mobili... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, My dad is without ventilator support since 40 days and his tracheostomy has also removed five days back. Without any life support system, he is currently breathing by himself for last 7-8 days with saturation level 100% on air. Past four days he is able to keep his eyes open for few minu... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the detailed information. I am happy to see your father improve gradually. Here is what I suggest. There is no other medicine for stiffness. However, physiotherapy should be carried out aggressively to prevent worsening of stiffness. One should rul... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, My mother was diagnosed to have herpes zoster. Also, her doctor says that the herpes has caused ulcers. I would like to know in how much time it will heal? Is herpes zoster a dangerous one? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you know, Herpes zoster is a viral infection. It takes 7 to 10 days for the lesions to heal. But, in patients who are diabetic, old age, secondarily infected and with an incomplete antiviral dose or seropositive it can take up to 15 days to get cured. In elderl... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother suffered a fall in the bathroom one month back. She is 91 now. Following the fall, she developed a vertebral compression fracture. She has been on bed rest for the last few weeks and now developed redness and pain in the lower back area. Kindly advice on treatment includin... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After reviewing your attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is a grade 2 bed sore. Prevent further damage by turning the side of the patient every two hours from side to side. This is to be done only after approval of spine specialist as she... Read Full »