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Heel pressure sores. View of a pair of heels which are developing bedsores or pressure sores. The skin of the heels is red and flaky. Bedsores are caused by extended periods of rest in one position and are common in patients who are bedridden, unconscious or immobile. Eventually the skin covering areas of the body on which the weight is resting break down to form decubitus ulcers. Regular turning, careful hygiene of common bedsore sites and barrier creams may be used to stop ulcers forming. Sheepskin, cushions and special mattresses are also good precautions. Ulcers are treated with antibiotic drugs, packing the wound with foam, or surgery.
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