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.
When certain receptors are compromised, a specific bacterium on the skin can delay wound healing.
If a wound is properly cleaned and covered, the chances are quite high that it will heal properly. An infected wound will appear swollen, may have drainage of a cloudy or unpleasant color, and the surrounding skin may feel hot to the touch, according to Wound Source. The patient’s fever could skyrocket to over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, and this person must seek medical attention from a clinician as soon as possible. When wound care guidelines are appropriately followed, the chance of infection diminishes, yet scientists at the University of Manchester have determined bacterium, which is already present on the skin in many individuals, may slow the wound healing process.
Researchers are developing a gel derived from blood pressure drugs to aid in chronic wound healing.
A topically applied gel created from a common class of blood pressure pills has shown promise as a potential treatment in diabetic wound care after testing on mice and pigs.
Diabetes patients should take an active role in helping to prevent foot ulcers.
As many as 3.5 million people in the U.S. have developed a diabetic foot ulcer, according to the New England Journal of Medicine’s recent study, “Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Their Recurrence.” Meanwhile, the 2011 St. George’s Vascular Institute study “Lower extremity amputations–a review of global variability in incidence” stated that between 5 percent and 24 percent of people with a history of foot ulceration will be required to undergo limb amputation within 6-18 months.
A rise in diabetes has prompted an exploration of new treatment options for diabetic wounds.
The number of cases of diabetes in the U.S. is on the rise, which is also increasing the number of cases of diabetic wounds. But clinicians are meeting the challenge with new approaches to diabetic wound care.