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What are pressure ulcers?

Pressure ulcers also referred to as bedsores or pressure sores, are skin and tissue injuries caused by prolonged pressure to the skin.  Pressure ulcers are commonly found on the “bony” parts of your body including ankles, heels, hips and buttocks. 1 If left untreated, pressure sores can compromise your health and even lead to death.

What factors cause pressure ulcers?

Decubitus ulcers occur when extended periods of pressure limit blood supply to underlying tissues and skin.  People with medical conditions such as paralysis or immobility, which limit a person’s ability to shift weight or change positions, are at risk for pressure ulcers.  Additionally, confinement to a bed for extended periods of time can lead to pressure ulcers.1

How pressure ulcers are treated?

Pressure Ulcer Stages

Pressure sores are categorized into four stages:

  • Stage I ulcers are not actually open wounds.  The skin may be very sensitive with a reddish appearance and could feel softer or firmer than the skin around it.  When you press the ulcer it will not blanch or lose color when your finger is removed.2

Stage I pressure sores are often treated by incorporating pressure reduction products such as special cushions, mattress pads, and heel protectors.  A person confined to a bed or wheelchair should change position frequently, every two hours if bed confined.1

J2 Pressure Reduction Cushion

J2 Pressure Reduction Cushion

Drive Pressure Reduction Mattress Pad with Pump

Drive Pressure Reduction Mattress Pad with Pump

  • Stage II is when an ulcer forms and the skin has the appearance of a blister, scrape, or shallow crater which is tender or painful.  At Stage II ulcerated skin may die or not be repairable.  Treatment for a Stage II pressure sore incorporates Stage I pressure relieving techniques and products.  Additionally, debridement, the removal of dead tissues from the wound, is added to treatment. 1  Debridement may include a wound dressing such as Iodosorb/Iodoflex which are iodine based products.  Always consult your physician when treating pressure sores.

 

Iodosorb/Iodoflex Wound Care

Iodoosorb/Iodoflex Wound Care

  • Stage III pressure sores are worsening ulcers that may show fat cells without visibility of muscle, tendon, or bone in the wound.  They have the appearance of a small crater. 1
  • Stage IV pressure ulcers are deep sores extended into the muscle and bone with extensive damage to deeper tissues.

Consult with your physician for additional treatment options for Stage III/IV. Serious complications can arise if infection forms or the pressure ulcer progresses.2

Prevention of pressure ulcers is the ultimate treatment since it is easier to prevent a sore than treat.  If you suspect you or a loved one have a pressure sore consult your physician for immediate care.  AllegroMedical.com has been providing wound care, pressure relief products, and medical supplies since 1997.

1 http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bedsores/basics/definition/con-20030848

2 http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/four-stages-of-pressure-sores

Nutritional supplements have been designed to assist with ones daily intake of nutrients.  People with health risks who have a hard time meeting the necessary daily nutrients find these supplements satisfying. One is able to fill in any deficient vitamins and minerals while obtaining all other essential needs 1. Instead of popping a single pill for a specific vitamin, one is able to obtain 100% the bodies need of all essential vitamins. 

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Ensure Plus Shakes – 8 fl oz Recloseable bottles

 These Ensure shakes are very popular for people of all ages. Since this is a liquid consumable you can take this with you and have it be a completion of your meals total vitamins and nutrients. Although this contains 50% of your daily vitamin C consumption amount, you will receive the rest through your regular meal. These all in one shakes are to help fill in any missing essential vitamins and minerals and taste great while do so!

 

“For years I have struggled with my weight. It didn’t matter how much I ate or what I ate, I just couldn’t gain anything. Back in January of 2008 I was 80lbs. I started drinking Ensure Plus about the end of January. I know weigh 114lbs. I drink at least one a day, usually in the morning. and occasionally will have one at night before bed. It has made a huge difference in how I look and feel. I finally look healthy and I feel great. I have so much more energy. I would recommend this to everyone that has under weight issues or just needs a boost in energy”

– by Feeling Great from Stillwater, NY

8ab281020bb66dff010bb67afa4f2d2b-PRODUCT-MEDIUM_IMAGEOxepa – Complete Nutritional Supplement

This is great for people who may be critically ill with limited ability to feed them self. This is very similar to the ensure shakes but this Oxepa supplement can be used as a sole source of nutrition. It contains 100%+ of your daily essential vitamin amounts.

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of nutritional supplements to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are combating health problems above or are looking to better yourself, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your health wellness needs.

  1. http://nutrition.about.com/od/calcium/a/Benefits-And-Risks-Of-Taking-Dietary-Supplements.htm

Vitamin C may be the most familiar of all nutrients for its strong benefits. Since we can’t self produce Vitamin C, we need to absorb it through food or supplements. It is always best to receive your vitamins through natural foods however, it’s not always obtainable. This is where vitamin supplements are beneficial. Receiving Vitamin C from natural foods such as green vegetables and fruits are the best ways to absorb Vitamin C. Did you know that Papaya, bell peppers, and broccoli have the largest amounts of Vitamin C? Eating healthy has nothing but positive benefits for your body such as a stronger immune system, heightened alertness, and clear thinking 1. Vitamin C is also commonly known for its benefits for your skin, brain, and immune system which I will go into further discussion below.

How much vitamin C do you need? Below is a chart listing average daily recommended intake rates for people of different ages 1.

Life Stage Recommended Amount
Birth to 6 months

40 mg

Infants 7–12 months

50 mg

Children 1–3 years

15 mg

Children 4–8 years

25 mg

Children 9–13 years

45 mg

Teens 14–18 years (boys)

75 mg

Teens 14–18 years (girls)

65 mg

Adults (men)

90 mg

Adults (women)

75 mg

Pregnant teens

80 mg

Pregnant women

85 mg

Breastfeeding teens

115 mg

Breastfeeding women

120 mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below we will discuss a few of the benefits and why you should really consume the recommended amount each day!

Vitamin C has many benefits that goes unnoticed throughout the year but can really help you during winter. Did you know that vitamin C can reduce the length and severity of cold? According to the NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements, people who are exposed to cold weather can consume 250 milligrams of vitamin C daily to reduce the chance of catching a cold by up to 50% 2!

You probably don’t associate wound care healing with vitamin C either. Collagen is part of the skins connective tissue which is needed in order for form a closure for a wound such as scraps, cuts, or gashes. The body needs vitamin C in order form collagen and to speed up the healing process for your wounds 2. People with skin ulcers can especially benefit from a healthy dose of vitamin C to help the healing process of these open wounds. Skin care companies often place vitamin C in their lotions because of the benefits to help prevent wrinkles and tighten your skin definition. Vitamin C in lotions assists with slow aging to protect the skin from the sun, pollutants, and other environmental hazards as well 4.

Vitamin C is necessary to make certain neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are the signals that carry thoughts, feelings and commands throughout our brains. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is affected by the most commonly used medications for depression. While it doesn’t combat depression directly, it has been used to as an overall mood support assistant 1. Eat healthy and be happy!

Below are some products that are ways to receive vitamin C.

 

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Betancourt Essentials Vitamin C 100 Tablets – 100 soft gel pills

This is a direct method to consume your daily amount of vitamin C. These pills are typically taken in the morning so your body can break down and use this vitamin all day. This is a great way to help promote a healthy immune system.

 

 

Emergen-C Bone Health Formula – Powder form added to glass of wateremergen-c-bone-health-formula-215360-MEDIUM

Emergen-C Bone Health Formula in conjunction with adequate nutrition and weight bearing exercise, is an important component for maintaining peak bone mass at all ages. 500 mg of Vitamin C as 7 mineral ascorbates, 250 mg of extremely soluble forms of Calcium with Vitamin D and Magnesium. The added Vitamins C & D aid maximum calcium absorption – so your bones will really feel the good. And you taste buds will enjoy the mixed berry flavor.

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of vitamin C nutritional supplements to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are combating health problems above or are looking to better yourself, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your health wellness needs.

  1.  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=109
  2. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-QuickFacts/
  3. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-vitamin-c-zinc-5814.html
  4. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1001.html
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