10 Facts About Pressure Sores
Ten Things You Should Know About Pressure Sores on the Ears
- Pressure sores on the ear typically occur in persons who sleep primarily on one side (either by habit or because of shoulder, neck, or arm pain).
- Pressure sores occur on the most prominent parts of the ear -- the rim of the helix or the antihelix.
- A pressure sore on the ear in the earliest stage may simply be a small, tender, red area.
- Later stages of pressure sores on the ear appear as tender, red, warty papules, small punched-out ulcers, or even deep ulcerations extending to the cartilage.
- Pressure sores on the ear may be mistaken for skin cancers, but skin cancers are rarely tender or painful.
- As with any pressure sore, the principal treatment is removal of the pressure from the involved area.
- Pressure sores on the ears are technically called Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis, or CNH.
- The SleepEasy© CNH Pillow is designed to treat CNH by eliminating the fundamental cause by removing the pressure from the external ear.
- Pressure sores on the ear are most common in the elderly.
- Pressure sores on the ear commonly recur after surgical treatment since the pressure on the ear remains if the patient continues to lie on the ear.
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