Is bed sores contagious?

When it comes to bed sores, many people wonder if these pesky little skin irritations are contagious. And who can blame them? Nobody wants to catch a painful sore just by being in the same room as someone else. But fear not, we’ve done the research for you and have some answers that won’t leave you itching for more…unlike bed sores.

What Exactly Are Bed Sores?

Before we dive into whether or not they’re contagious, let’s first take a look at what bed sores actually are. Also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers (fun word, right?), bed sores occur when there is too much pressure on an area of skin for an extended period of time. This results in damage to the skin and underlying tissue.

Honestly, it sounds pretty awful – imagine having your own flesh hurt your epidermis! Not exactly something you want spreading around town like wildfire.

Who Gets Bed Sores?

Bed sores most commonly afflict those who are confined to their beds or chairs for extended periods of time, which has also given them the nickname “bedridden ulcers”. People with limited mobility due to spinal cord injuries or conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease are particularly susceptible.

So while they may not be able to move around much themselves, these folks will absolutely put up quite a fight if you try to steal their prized bed sore collection from them.

Signs Of A Bed Sore

Now that we know how terrible these things can be, what does a typical one actually look like? The signs of a bed sore vary depending on how severe it is but generally include:

  • Skin redness
  • Swelling
  • Painful areas
  • Open wounds (yep)
  • Heat/rash-like appearance

If any of this sounds familiar from that weekend camping trip last summer where you forgot the bug spray, it’s time to make an appointment with a dermatologist ASAP.

So Are They Contagious Or What?

Drum roll please…. bed sores are not contagious! That’s right folks, you can breathe easy knowing that you won’t catch one of these bad boys just by cozying up in bed next to someone who has them.

But Wait…

Before we all start doing victory dances and high-fiving each other (not recommended during a pandemic anyway), let’s take this statement with a grain of salt. While bed sores may not be contagious like say, the common cold, they can still lead to infections if left untreated.

So while you’re safe from “catching” anything from your bedridden Aunt Hilda, it’s still best practice to help her out with some preventative care measures:

  • Help her rotate positions frequently
  • Keep linens and clothing clean and dry
  • Use cushions or specialized support devices
  • Encourage healthy eating/drinking habits

And let’s be honest, helping others avoid painful ulcers is probably the least we could do for our loved ones anyway.

Bonus Round: Other Things You Can’t Catch From Bed Sores

While researching this article, I discovered several other things that – shockingly – cannot be caught from bed sores. These include but are not limited to:

  1. A desire for Nickelback music (although many might argue ending up confined in a hospital setting makes listening even more tempting).

  2. A sudden urge to join CrossFit (but beware, constant coordination may accelerate sore formations).

  3. The ability to levitate on command (unless caused by excess gasiness after adjusting diets).

You read it here first folks; the world-renowned Journal of Humorous Medical Research covering only fun medical facts!

Conclusion – Let Your Freak Flag Fly…Bed Sore Free

So there you have it, folks. While bed sores can be painful and difficult to treat, at least they don’t require us to wrap ourselves in bubble wrap or hibernate like bears each time we come into contact with them.

And remember, just because they’re not contagious doesn’t mean we should take their prevention lightly. So let’s keep our loved ones’ skin healthy and happy (even if that means helping them get out of bed every once in a while).

Until next time – stay safe, stay healthy and always listen Nickelback on your own terms.

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