Bed Sores / Pressure Ulcers / Decubitus Ulcers

Homeopathic treatment

Before we delve into homeopathic treatment for bedsores, let us first look into the allopathic treatment available:

  • NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen
  • Oral or topical antibiotics
  • Mechanical debridement
  • Autolytic debridement
  • Enzymatic debridement
  • Surgical debridement
  • Amputation

NSAIDs may cause temporary relief in pain but their prolonged usage can cause ulcers, bleeding, serious allergic reactions, renal failure, liver failure, vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea, nausea, drowsiness and so on.

Antibiotics gradually increase the tendency to catch fungal infections and may lead to severe and debilitating adverse effects such as shock. Common side effects include rash, diarrhoea, stomach upset and so on.

Debridement listed above are mostly painful, cause bleeding, delayed healing, damage to the surrounding healthy tissue and increased risk of further infections.

Many allopathic medications are contraindicated in patients with congestive heart failure, chronic renal disease, and chronic liver diseases.

Now let us talk about scope of homeopathy in bed sores or decubitus ulcers.

Bed sores become an additional cause of distress in already ill patients. Along with easing the distress caused by bed sores, homeopathy aims at treating the underlying cause also.

We have homeopathic remedies which give amazing results even in the stage four cases of bed sores where the bony area is exposed.

Remedies enhance internal healing of the skin, tissues and muscles involved in bed sores. They slow down the process of necrosis and granulation in severe cases and initiate safe and gradual recovery.

In my clinical experience, patients with initial stages of bed sores experience relief in 3 to 8 weeks of homeopathic treatment.

With treatment, patient develops immunity to fight against risk of further infections to which he / she is exposed to.

The daily sufferings such as intolerable pain, discharges, burning in the affected area, red discolouration of skin ease with time leading to a state of physical health along with mental happiness.

Homeopathy amazingly deals with the diabetic and old aged bed ridden patients who are even more prone to bed sores and makes their lives worthwhile

Few remedies for bed sores are Arnica, Graphites, Pyrogen, Apis, Carbo veg. [Note: Do not self medicate. Take your medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor, including at the right time and full length of your prescribed treatment.]

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What are bed sores?

Localized damage to the skin and / or underlying tissue especially in skin over bony prominences caused due to pressure or friction are generally termed as bed sores.

They are mostly type of neurogenic / trophic ulcers.

Symptoms

  • Stage 1: Erythematic area on skin
  • Stage 2: Deeper lesions involving epidermis and dermis
  • Stage 3: Formation of slough, involvement of adipose tissue.
  • Stage 4: Exposure of deeper connective tissues, such as, bones.
  • Common sites: Skin overlying sacrum, coccyx (lower back), heels, hips, elbows, knees, ankles, back of shoulders, back of cranium (head).
  • Intolerable pain and itching at the sites affected.
  • Increased risk of skin cancer
  • Discharge of pus

Causes

  • Repeated external pressure or friction over skin.
  • Internal friction and shearing forces that tear the blood vessels.

Risk Factors

  • Malnutrition
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Dry sacral skin
  • Patients with renal failure

Complications

  • Bone infection
  • Sepsis
  • Anemia
  • Urethral fistula
  • Gangrene
  • Amyloidosis
  • Malignancy (Marjolin’s ulcer, rare)
  • Lymph edema

Management

  • Take diet rich in vitamin A, C, E and mineral zinc.
  • Regularly change position of bed ridden patients; preferably every two hours.
  • Use foam mattresses and cushions for patients on bed and wheel chair.
  • Keep the dry skin area moisturized.

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Comments:

my mother paralyzed and now bed sores occurs on her hips. they are now in 4th stage.

Shankar Hiraman Pal
Feb 18, 2018 10:05 pm Reply

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