When you moved your aging parent into a nursing home, you hoped for a favorable outcome. Recently, you noticed potential bedsore on your loved one’s body.
With WedMD’s insights into the progression of bedsores, you may better determine what kind of injury your mother or father sustained. Understand whether you may have a nursing home abuse and neglect case.
At first, bedsores look like little more than red spots on the upper layer of the skin. Symptoms include itching, pain and burning. The skin may feel cooler, hotter, softer or harder around the area. When pressed, the affected area does not shift colors, which could indicate decreased blood flow.
As bedsores progress to the second stage, they burrow deeper into the skin, breaking it open in a blister or open wound. When pressed, pus or clear fluid may flow from the wound. The sore may also cause a person pain.
At this stage, the sore penetrates fat tissue and could cause a noxious smell. The area affected may look like a crater in the skin. Third stage bedsores could show signs of infection, such as drainage, feeling hot to the touch and redness. Blackened skin may indicate dead tissue.
At the fourth stage, bedsores may harm ligaments and muscles. Sores at this level of progression appear larger and show signs of dead skin and infection. Sometimes, bone, tendons and muscle become visible.
Do not take chances with anything resembling bedsore. Even if medical professionals have a different diagnosis, acting quickly may give you and your aging parent peace of mind.