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    Red butt

    I'll start with my info. I'm C5-6, 42 years post, good sensation and I've never had a pressure sore. In late December I started noticed some redness on my right cheek. It's never broken the skin but it doesn't seem to improve even staying off of it. I do feel some discomfort but it more down in the area of my right tuberosity than in the are of the redness. I made an appt with a specialist for March 11th but convinced them to see me sooner, so I'll go in next Thursday. Having zero experience in dealing with pressure sores, other than avoiding them, should I be concerned?

    The first pic is from 1/25


    From today, 2/7 - Notice the ripple-like lines at the red area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadEye View Post
    I'll start with my info. I'm C5-6, 42 years post, good sensation and I've never had a pressure sore. In late December I started noticed some redness on my right cheek. It's never broken the skin but it doesn't seem to improve even staying off of it. I do feel some discomfort but it more down in the area of my right tuberosity than in the are of the redness. I made an appt with a specialist for March 11th but convinced them to see me sooner, so I'll go in next Thursday. Having zero experience in dealing with pressure sores, other than avoiding them, should I be concerned?

    The first pic is from 1/25


    From today, 2/7 - Notice the ripple-like lines at the red area.
    looks more like a rash to me. im not an expert. does it blanch??
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    The appearance and location of the redness are not typical of a pressure sore. It looks more like an irritation or a rash. If it was my problem I would try some cortaid ointment at night and an antifungal powder, such as Lotrimin, for the day.
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    Hmmm, yes it has good capillary refill but it really doesn't appear to be a rash. I'll try some cortaid tonight.

    I agree 55, it's not exactly in one of the prime spots. Pressure sores just scare the crap out of me. I've had two friends go down for extended periods of time within the last year with pressure sores and fistulas. Being in bed for more than two days would drive me nuts.
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    Looks like a rash to me too. It doesn't seem to be in a location on your butt cheek where a pressure sore would be. Do you spread your cheeks at night (if you sleep on your back)? Are you using any new soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, powder? Any new underwear or pants? New cushion or cushion cover?

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    Might be the beginning of a fungal rash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey View Post
    Looks like a rash to me too. It doesn't seem to be in a location on your butt cheek where a pressure sore would be. Do you spread your cheeks at night (if you sleep on your back)? Are you using any new soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, powder? Any new underwear or pants? New cushion or cushion cover?
    None of the above. The ONLY thing different is the bed I'm on. I did get a new Tempurpedic mattress in November. Possibly a reaction to that? But I wouldn't understand the isolated location. I typically turn every 2-3 hours and level myself out pretty good when I turn to my back. I've been sleeping more on my side recently to remove an pressure whatsoever from that side of my butt.
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    It could be a folliculitis which is skin pores that has been sheared from friction. It can get infected. I would recommend using chlorhexadine (hibiclens) which is a certain kind of soap that you can use to lower the bacterial load on your skin. If that doesn't work then I would recommend baza cream which is a barrier cream that contains anti fungal properties in it.

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    I have to agree, it looks more like Summer Jock Itch than a pressure sore.

    Could it be caused by your new memory foam mattress, they do get very hot.

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    Thanks PBR. I put some cortizone10 on it last night but didn't notice any change yet. I'll see the Doctor in 4 days so we'll see what he says.

    Possibly Timaru, but I sleep on my left side and my back, which means this cheek is off the bed the majority of the time. I'll keep a close eye on it until my Doctor visit.
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