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Mary Helen Barr

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Do any caregivers or patients out there have to deal with sores? My father has a sore high on the back of his left thigh. Covering it with a huge bandaid helps it to feel better for a while, but the adhesive itself makes the sore a lot bigger. It's so big now, that there is nothing that I know of to cover it with. When my baby had diaper rash or a sore , I would let the baby be naked, to give the sore some air. Now my father's sore is like nothing I've ever seen. It is impossible for him not to be sitting on it constantly, because he never gets in a bed. He spends all day in his recliner chair and it doesn't go flat, so there is no turning him on his side. I guess because he is elderly, his skin is very thin, and adhesive just rips the skin off. Any ideas?
 

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Your father needs to see his doc.It is probably what they call a bed sore.He needs medicine so it doesn't get infected. If you are covering this paper tape is better than adhesive tape.These sores can turn really nasty.GOD BLESS
 

Mary Helen Barr

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Thanks. What sort of medicine? I work for a dentist, and if it's something normal (amoxillin, Zithromycin, etc), we could prescribe it. Trips to the doctor are worth many hours--not that I wouldn't do it. I get a day off from work every two weeks, and the next three are already spoken for, going to different appointments for him.
 

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Those are bedsores They need attention Do not put adhersive on that area he may be allergic to it use gause to wrap aound the whole leg to secure the bandage and buy silvadene creme for the wound it works wonderful Pat
 

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As said above--you need to address this right away...it actually can get life threatening. Do you ever get any kind of Home Health visits from nurses? I understand that going to doc is hard/impossible at times. My husband is in his recliner all the time and we are on guard all the time for bedsores....he sits on a recliner sized "Roho" air cushion and that has really saved his butt from sores, but we are constantly managing and fighting off skin trouble. The cushion gives some pressure relief. But your Dad already has a sore going and you have got to get it healing up. iI would go online and look up bedsores..the treatment depends on what stage it is in--there are four stages. I really dont know all the details but you need help/advice for sure.
Here are example websites for some info:
http://www.spinalinjury.net/html/_pressure_sores.html
http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec18/ch205/ch205a.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bedsores/DS00570/DSECTION=

Here is some Roho cushion info, there are quite a few models, i would call and tell them what you need and they can help select:
http://www.spinlife.com/ROHO-High-Profile-Air-Wheelchair-Cushion/spec.cfm?productID=251

I really feel for you and your Dad...good luck with taking care of this very serious problem, please keep us posted.
Beth (CALS to husband Shannon)
 
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