Why can't my mom use medications while her bedsores heal?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 14, 2017
A fellow caregiver asked...

Bed sore on my moms bottom, you can see almost to the bone. She is supose to stay off it and use no medication, why no medication?

Expert Answers

Pharmacist William Simonson, also known as "Dr. Si", is a board-certified geriatric pharmacist who is dedicated to improving medication use by seniors. He is a pharmacy educator and is active in publishing and presenting to health professional and consumer audiences and has been active in the area of geriatrics and long-term care pharmacy practice for more than 35 years.

Bedsores (also called pressure ulcers) can be a serious and even life-threatening situation. There are numerous different medications and therapies such as vitamins, wound-healing agents, and antibiotics that can play an important role in the treatment of bed sores. Serious pressure ulcers can not be expected to heal on their own so the assistance of a trained specialist such as a nurse who is skilled in wound care will play an important role in helping your Mom recover.