National Healthy Skin Month

Nov 02, 2015
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It’s National Healthy Skin Month, and World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day (November 19th) is just around the corner.  It is important to raise awareness about pressure sores because they can become infected or even life-threatening very quickly.

What is a pressure sore?

A pressure sore (also known has a pressure ulcer or bed sore) is an injury to the skin and underlying tissue that results from prolonged pressure on the skin.  In simpler terms, it is a really, really bad blister that is difficult to treat.  These typically develop on the rear end, tailbone, heels, or elbows (but are not limited to only these areas) and are formed from the pressure and friction between surfaces and clothes and/or bed sheets.  The clothes and sheets act like sandpaper, rubbing away the layers of the skin.  Eventually, the skin breaks open and can begin to become infected.

Who is at risk for a pressure sore?

The populations most at risk for pressure sores are those with medical conditions that limit their ability to change position, individuals with diabetes, and people who are malnourished.  That being said, the elderly population or people with disabilities are most likely to develop pressure sores.  When mobility is impaired, the risk for developing a pressure ulcer greatly increases because of the constant burden and friction on the skin.

What can you do to prevent and manage pressure sores?

There are several strategies for the prevention and management of pressure sores.  Here are some tips:

If you are able to move even a little bit, do so!  Change positions, or get help changing positions, every 15-20 minutes by moving from side to side and leaning forward.
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated
Adequate nutrition is critical!

Consuming enough calories is essential because a deficiency in vital nutrients may delay wound healing
Eat more protein!  Rich protein foods, such as meats, eggs, and beans, will provide the support needed to heal pressure sores
Take vitamin C, zinc, and multivitamin supplements
Stay active to improve blood flow and build vital muscle tissue
Protect your skin and avoid dryness by applying lotion
Change your bed sheets frequently
Pressure sores can be difficult to care for if the individual does not take the condition seriously.  Practicing proper skin care on World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day and every day will avoid these painful sores and promote a healthy lifestyle.


Author: Rebecca Cline

  • bobl07

    Skin breakdown can be a serious problem for people that are extremely active. Please make sure to always dry yourself off after water sport activities.