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How do bedsores develop?

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, develop when there is prolonged pressure on certain areas of the body. These areas are usually bony or have less fat, such as the heels, hips, tailbone, and elbows. When a person remains in the same position for a long time, the pressure restricts blood flow to the skin and underlying tissues. This lack of blood supply leads to tissue damage and the formation of bedsores.

Several factors can contribute to the development of bedsores. Friction and shear, which occur when the skin rubs against a surface or when layers of skin slide against each other, can increase the risk. Moisture, such as from sweat or urine, can also make the skin more vulnerable. Additionally, individuals with limited mobility, such as those who are bedridden or use a wheelchair, are more prone to bedsores. To prevent bedsores, it is important to regularly change positions, keep the skin clean and dry, use cushions or padding to reduce pressure, and maintain a healthy diet to support skin health.

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