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How should sores on the buttocks be treated on an elderly woman with MS?

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Treatment of sores on the buttocks of anyone with multiple sclerosis depends on the stage of the sores. Less severe sores can be treated by eliminating the pressure that is causing the sore and applying medication and dressings as instructed by a medical professional, states the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Pressure sores occur when a person is immobile for an extended period of time. The areas most commonly affected by pressure sores are the buttocks and bony parts, such as the hips and elbows. The sores begin as warm, red spots that swell and blister if left untreated. At this stage, the sores can be treated by applying medication and bandages to the sores, under a physician's instructions. Because there is a risk of infection, a sore that deepens and affects the layers of the skin, muscle and fat must be treated by a medical professional, advises the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The best way to treat pressure sores is to prevent them in the first place. If possible, a person should remain active to avoid the sores. Immobile individuals require the help of nurses and caregivers to change positions in bed every couple hours and the use of special padding to prevent sores if they are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair, explains the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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