Bedsores, also known as decubitus ulcers, pressures sores, or pressure ulcers, can develop quickly and create serious skin concerns and complications. These sores result from constant pressure on a small area of skin. They can happen anywhere on your body, but they’re most common on the skin covering your hips, tailbone, shoulder blades, heels, ankles, and any other bony area of the body.
Who’s at Risk of Developing Decubitus Ulcers?
People confined to bed or a wheelchair for extended periods of time are at risk for developing pressure sores. The sick, immobile, and elderly are at the greatest risk. Care providers need to be especially vigilant, as a minor skin irritation can quickly progress into a pressure ulcer. The staging of symptoms, from minor to serious, develop as follows:
Skin appears red or discolored but is not broken. The area feels warm and doesn’t lighten when touched. The skin may feel soft and spongy, or hard as if swollen.
The outer layer of skin is broken or worn away. The deeper layer of skin, the dermis, looks red or pink and may be blistered.
The ulcer is deep and looks like a crater. Dead tissue in the wound will appear yellow and the damage may extend deep into the surrounding tissue, even below healthy-looking skin.
Muscle, tendons, or bone may be visible in the affected area. Deep in the wound tissue is dead and will appear dark or yellow and crusted. The damaged tissue extends into the tissue around the area even if it’s not readily visible.
How to Avoid Pressure Sores: Natural Tips
It’s easier to avoid formation of bedsores than treat them. Natural tips to keep them from forming include:
- Keep skin clean and moisturized. Use mild organic soaps and never scrub an area too roughly.
- Check the entire body every day for at-risk patients; pay additional attention to vulnerable areas.
- Drink water often to stay hydrated.
- Change body positions every few hours as possible.
- Encourage circulation. If in bed, place pillows under feet to encourage blood flow.
- Eat a nutritious diet loaded with protein and vitamin C to encourage healthy skin.
- If you need to move a patient or elder, carefully lift rather than drag across a surface.
Can Ozonated Olive Oil Boost the Healing Process of Bed Sores?
The ozone in ozonated olive oil sterilizes and promotes healthy skin conditions. It provides life-giving oxygen to surrounding tissue and activates antioxidant response elements (AREs) in your body. These AREs trigger your body to remove damaged cells, protect healthy ones from free radical damage, build new cells, and help close the wounds at a faster rate than normal healing.
Research shows wounds and surrounding tissue covered with ozonated olive oil heal faster.  Over the last 40 years, ozone therapies have been used by millions in Europe for successful healing of skin wounds like bed sores. 
In conclusion, the best way to address bed sores is to avoid their formation. But in case you have to deal with a pressure sore, I recommend using O2-Zap®, a 100% organic ozonated olive oil paste saturated with ozone and oxygen to sooth and alleviate.
by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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