Global Hydrogel Market Expected to Grow
The global hydrogel market is expected to grow, driven by aging populations and product effectiveness.
Wound care remains in increasing demand as many developed countries start to experience aging populations. Hydrogel, a bandage made from an amorphous mass that is designed to mimic the shape of the wound it is applied to, is an important part of the wound care sector.
According to a study originally published in Current Medicinal Chemistry, hydrogel dressingscaught on quickly due to their moist nature and ability to bandage exuding wounds without causing the patient undue discomfort. As they form to the wound opening, hydrogel dressings don’t need to be as adhesive-focused as traditional bandages. This also allows them to be removed or altered without causing pain or damaging the wound site.
Drivers of growth
A recent Market Research report indicated that North America is currently driving the use of hydrogel dressings. However, Asia Pacific as a region is expected to see the largest increaseover the next few years. It is no secret that the average age of the U.S. population has been rising, the U.S. Census Bureau has been documenting this change, showing significant uptick between 2000 and 2016. Overall, the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Fact Book shows the world’s age ticking up, with Asia and North America leading the trend.
Age slows wound healing for a variety of reasons. The skin loses its elasticity and the amount of collagen decreases – hindering cellular regeneration. In addition, certain diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disorders, both of which limit blood flow, are more likely in older patients.
With wound healing inhibited, treatment becomes more important. Hydrogel’s usage is growing due to a larger install base in the population. As people age, bandages will become more valuable.
Hydrogel dressings are also useful in burn wounds, which are on the rise according to the report. Burns can be complicated injuries to heal as the site surrounding the wound is often inflamed and painful to the touch. Hydrogel’s liquid composition makes it an ideal dressing in this situation.
Different types of hydrogel
Amorphous hydrogel dressing is expected to experience the largest compound annual growth rate over the next few years, according to the report. This type of wound dressing has already seen widespread usage in treating diabetic ulcers and surgical wounds. The indicated form of hydrogel owes its success to its versatility. It can be applied in the form of sheets, filler and fiber types of material.
As developed countries continue to age and emerging countries invest larger amounts of revenue in wound care, expect the general market to only grow. It is likely that hydrogel will continue to see global usage and treatment evolution throughout the coming years.
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