What Is the Color of a Pressure Sore?


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Pressure sores, or 'bed sores,' may be red, pink, yellowish or dark in color. Bedsores are classified into one of four stages, based on severity, according to Mayo Clinic.

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Stage I sores often appear pink or red in color on light-skinned individuals or discolored on darker skin, cites Mayo Clinic. Stage II bedsores contain a shallow pink or red wound and may appear as a fluid-filled blister. Stage III sores may contain yellowish dead tissue at the bottom of a deep crater-like wound.

Stage IV pressure sores are marked by a large-scale loss of tissue; yellowish or dark and crusty dead tissue is typically present at the bottom of the wound.

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