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Researchers find new vitamin C-rich bandage to boost burn healing

Know a breakthrough in burn care, vitamin C-rich bandages accelerate healing. Learn how researchers revolutionise treatment with this innovative approach.

Written By: Muskan Gupta @guptamuskan_ New Delhi Updated on: May 07, 2024 20:38 IST
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Image Source : SOCIAL New vitamin C-rich bandage to boost burn healing

Burn wounds can be excruciatingly painful and slow to heal, often leaving lasting scars and complications if not treated promptly and effectively. However, a groundbreaking solution has emerged from the labs of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) that promises to revolutionise burn care.

Italian researchers at the IIT have unveiled a pioneering bandage made from biodegradable materials and enriched with a potent ingredient: vitamin C. This innovative bandage aims not only to accelerate the healing process but also to address the detrimental effects of inflammation commonly associated with burns.

The key components of this cutting-edge bandage include zein, a protein derived from maize; pectin, a naturally occurring sugar found in fruit peels such as apples; and soy lecithin, sourced from soybeans. Combined, these materials create a matrix that not only adheres to the skin but also delivers a therapeutic dose of vitamin C directly to the wound site.

Burn injuries trigger the body's natural defence mechanism, leading to inflammation characterised by redness and swelling. While inflammation is a vital part of the healing process, excessive inflammation can impede recovery by generating oxygen-free radicals. These free radicals can further damage tissues and prolong the healing time.

The newly developed bandage, detailed in the journal ACS Applied Bio Materials, demonstrates remarkable efficacy in controlling inflammation and reducing the production of harmful free radicals. By mitigating these processes, the bandage promotes a more conducive environment for healing, ultimately expediting the recovery process for burn patients.

Athanassia Athanassiou, the Principal Investigator of IIT's Smart Materials Unit, emphasised the versatility of this innovative technology. "This is just one of the possible applications for this category of smart materials," she stated. The research team is actively exploring additional applications to accelerate the healing of various wounds, including lacerations and skin ulcers. "We are working on other devices capable of speeding up healing, not only of burns but also various other types of wounds such as lacerations or skin ulcers, pathologies," Athanassiou added.

In addition to its therapeutic benefits, the bandage offers an environmentally sustainable solution to wound care. Unlike traditional skin patches that may linger in the environment for years, the biodegradable nature of this bandage ensures that it naturally degrades within a few days, minimising its ecological footprint.

The development of this vitamin C-rich bandage marks a significant advancement in the field of wound healing. As researchers continue to refine and expand upon this technology, the prospect of faster, more effective treatment for burn injuries becomes increasingly promising. With further innovation and collaboration, this pioneering approach may soon become a standard practice in burn care, offering hope and healing to patients worldwide.

(with IANS inputs)

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