Written by Emily McBride (last updated October 29, 2009)
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, are a danger to those who are stuck in bed. Although at first they might just seem to be a painful nuisance, they can actually develop into a severe medical condition and even result in death. Bedsores occur when there is a lot of pressure on certain parts of the body and the pressure cuts off blood flow to the area. Because the body part is not getting circulation, the tissue around it dies, exposing vulnerable parts of the body to infection. Bedsores are most common on the hips, heels, and buttocks. Because bedsores are dangerous and hard to heal, it's better to just try to prevent them in the first place.
Bedsores can be painful and fatal, so make sure you are taking the steps to prevent them now. It may seem like a hassle right now, but in the long run, you'll be glad you did.
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