Bedsores or pressure sores medically known as decubitus ulcers are a result of skin suffocation under the pressure of body weight in sleeping position. If you are bed ridden for a long time then you are likely to get bed sores.
Old age people and people suffering from diabetes are more vulnerable to bed sores. The skin area that remains in touch with bed for long periods stops getting blood supply due to pressure of body weight. The are first become red and swollen, then gradually the skin starts to crack and ulcer is formed.
Prevention is always better than cure in the case of bed sores but some home remedies for bed sores do help to heal them fast.
If proper care is not taken then the ulcer gets infected and become more painful. The condition can become really serious. The most affected area are buttocks, skin along the spine, backs of arms and legs, shoulder blades, back of the head, lower back, heels and ankles.
Home Remedies For Bed Sores
You can heal you bed sores in number of natural ways. Earlier you handle the bed sores faster you heal. Act as soon as you begin to see skin are becoming red.
Wash and clean the skin with warm water and dab it dry before applying any of the following home remedies on the bed sores.
1. Turmeric and Honey
Both turmeric and honey posses antiseptic capabilities. You can use both separately or together.
- Turmeric Powder for Bed Sores - Turmeric powder is versatile antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial item for healing wounds. Sprinkle the turmeric powder on the cleaned and disinfected would. Cover the area with a bandage.
- Honey Application on Bed Sores - Honey is also anti-septic. Apply honey on the wound and cover it with a bandage.
- Turmeric and Honey Together - You can make a thick paste of turmeric and honey and apply a thick layer of the paste on the would. Cover it with a bandage. This is the best way to heal bed sores fast.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera helps to soothe the pain and heal the wound. It moisturizes the skin around the bed sore to reduce the pain. Fresh Aloe Vera gel is more effective but you can use commercially available aloe Vera gel also.
Cut a leaf of Aloe Vera, Peel out the skin with a knife and extract the gel from the center. Store it in a sealed glass jar for long term use. Apply the gel 3-4 times a day on the bed sore for best results.
3. Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly also moisturizes the skin and help in healing the wound. Apply petroleum jelly on the bed sores and cover with a bandage.
4. Papaya Milk
Papaya milk extracted from the papaya trunk is a very powerful material to heal bed sores. The milk can also be extracted from the green papaya fruit. Apply the milk 3-4 times a day on the washed and disinfected bed sore for quick healing.
5. Control Your Diet
Eat fiber rich diet. Increase the consumption of fiber rich fruits and vegetables such as beetroots, lentils and fruits. The fiber proteins will repair the wear and tear caused by the skin damage of the bed sores.