While taking care of your home-bound elderly parent, you may discover a reddened area on their heel or buttocks that does not disappear. If so, they have a stage one bedsore that needs treatment to prevent it from opening up and progressing. Along with other preventative measures, use the following three-step home remedy to treat the unopened sore.
Step 1: Apply A Raw Honey Dressing
Applying raw honey directly to your loved one's bedsore helps to detoxify the area. Its antibacterial properties also help it to kill any germs that could cause an infection.
Along with a bottle of raw honey, you will also need a small bowl, a bottle of saline, a piece of gauze large enough to cover the sore, and a roll of foam tape. These items can be found in pharmacies and department stores.
In the small bowl, mix together two tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of saline. The saline is used to thin the honey to make it easier to spread. Since it is sterile, it will not introduce toxins or bacteria to the site like regular water might.
Using a small piece of gauze, spread the mixture directly to the reddened area, extending one inch around its perimeter. Place the larger piece of gauze over the honey and tape it in place with the foam tape.
Leave the dressing on for an hour and rinse off the residue using warm water. Pat the area dry with a clean, soft towel. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Wipe The Area With Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is a natural astringent that will cleanse the area of any honey residue and dead skin. For this step, you will need a bottle of it as well as two large cotton balls.
Saturate one cotton ball with the witch hazel and apply it to the bedsore. Give it two minutes to air dry, then repeat the application with a fresh cotton ball.
After letting the skin air dry for another two minutes, go on to step three.
Step 3: Use A Homemade Ointment
Once you have thoroughly cleaned the area, use a homemade ointment containing pure aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil. The aloe vera aids in the healing of the broken down skin layers. The vitamin E oil adds moisture without keeping the area too wet, which could weaken the skin cells and cause further breakdown.
You can find containers of the gel and vitamin E oil in any pharmacy department. However, if you are unable to find vitamin E oil on its own, purchase soft capsules instead. The capsules can be punctured with a needle and the oil removed.
In a small bowl, combine a tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of vitamin E oil. If using the capsules, extract the oil from six of them.
Using a piece of gauze or cotton ball, apply an eighth of an inch layer of the ointment to the bedsore. Extend the application two inches past the edges to prevent the breakdown from spreading outward.
Allow the ointment to soak in for five minutes. Then, place a dry piece of gauze over the area. Keep the gauze on for an hour, then remove it.
Use the above home remedy twice a day until you no longer see any signs of the bedsore. However, if you start to see any further breakdown or have further questions about bedsores, you may want to speak with your parent's home health care service. They may be able to give you other tips or treatment options for treating and preventing skin breakdown.