Due to the high degree of complexity, pain and costs of conventional treatment, Brazilian doctors are taking an experimental approach to treat burns using tilapia skin.
The skin of this abundant farm fish has non-infectious microbiota, high amount of Type 1 collagen, and similar morphological structure to that of human skin.Therefore, it has been suggested as potential xenograft for the management of burn wounds.
Before it can be used on a patient, tilapia skin must go through a sterilization process that removes germs and smells. Then it can then be applied directly to the burn site like a bandage. It helps to soothe pain and reduce healing time by several days.
For deep second-degree burns, the tilapia bandages must be changed a few times over several weeks of treatment, but still far less often than the gauze with cream.
While tilapia skin is still in the experimental stage of medical use,but considering the skin’s natural wound healing response, makes tilapia skin attractive to patients and doctors.
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