Skip to comments.Pineapple gel approved for burns
Posted on 09/24/2012 11:31:48 PM PDT by neverdem
A topical gel based on pineapple enzymes has been approved in the EU for use in the treatment of burns.
NexoBrid gel from privately owned biotech MediWound, contains proteolytic enzymes from the stem of the pineapple plant. It is the first pharmacological treatment for the removal of scab tissue associated with severe burns, which are typically removed surgically. Removal of scab tissue is essential to speed the healing process and prevent infection.
NexoBrid gel was designated an orphan medicine in 2002. Israeli generics giants Teva paid $163 million to raise its stake in Mediwound from 14% to 51% in 2010, according to Reuters.
Sweet. Pun intended. The wound care nurses are going to love this.
Yes, and if it works, hopefully a great improvement over the mechanical variety.
We use Tea Tree Oil for the relatively minor stuff, hope none of us ever needs this (as I sit here in my Flame Resistant clothing)...
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Tea Tree Oil has several wonderful uses. I buy TTO soap and don’t mind paying for it.
How is it on ice cream and are there other flavors?
I didn’t read the whole article. Could you summarize it?
About 35 years ago, there was some stuff they used to remove scabs from leg ulcers. They put it on and some time later the scabs could be wiped off. Anyone know what that is?
Bromelian is a fanastic ani-inflammatory. Unfortunately you can’t get enough of it eating canned pineapple or juice because of the processing.
In some cases it will aid healing of parts of the body without good blood flow such as tendons when nothing else helps. It will not destroy organs like some ani-inflammatories when taken in excess.
Thanks for the heads up.
Sounds like it’s also good for slow healing puncture wounds that required mechanical debridement. Burn victims and nurses are sure to be happier.
They use pineapple juice enzymes in Hairball Cat Food, because the enzymes will dissolve hair.
Is this similar?
And, by the way, papaya juice has the same set of enzymes.
For years, plastic surgeons have recommended putting ordinary petroleum jelly on post surgery wounds to limit scarring.
However, and old professional boxer had an interesting trick. When asked why all his peers had heavily scarred faces but he did not, he said that when he got a scar, he abraded it with wet sandpaper. It would form a big scab, and when the scab fell off, it left smooth skin beneath.
A similar technique is used by dermatologists for people with severely scarred faces because of acne. They use a mechanical grinder to abrade a large patch of skin, and after several treatments, much of the scarring is gone.
Honey seems to have almost magical properties to heal burns, if it’s applied immediately after being burned.
When I was little, I fell against the red hot wood stove, landed with my hand directly on it, it adhered to the hot metal... actually got stuck to the hot metal so that I had to peel my hand off the glowing stove. When I did, looking at my hand in profile, the palm and inside of the fingers were burned absolutely flat.
My mother ran and got a jar of honey and put it on my hand immediately... the pain was incredible, and I wanted to put my hand under running water, but she absolutely forbade it. She said I had to leave it on 30 minutes, and then, she said according to tradition you were supposed to let a cat lick it off, but it was fine if I licked it off. The pain was subsiding a little after awhile, but it still hurt tremendously. When 30 minutes add past, it’d subsided a fraction more, but even the pressure of my tongue licking the honey off stung as if my tongue were made of thistles. I favored and protected my hand the rest the day, and the pain was still great, but every few hours it seemed to be subsiding a fraction.
My hand never did blister, even though it literally fried like a steak dropped into a hot dry pan. The next morning my hand was still stinging and red, but it was like my palm had had a severe sunburn. In two more days, it was like it never happened.
I also had an instance of an extreme all over sunburn when I was a child, and similarly, applying honey seem to make the burn vanish over night.
Over the years I’ve applied it to burns, and experience as shown me, if you run cold water over the burn to soothe it before applying the honey, it indeed seems to interfere with whatever magic the honey brings to the healing process. There was also an instance when I was burned while at work, and no honey was available, and I applied grape jam to the burn, thinking that sweetness or sugar had something to do with it... and it actually did seem to help significantly, just not with the miraculous rapid turn around that seems to come with applying honey.
I have heard it’s also effective with ulcers that are stubborn to heal, and I’ve read that Roman battle physicians of ancient times mixed honey with wine to flush out soldiers’ wounds, and that they adopted this remedy from the Egyptians.
Two natural remedies that are verified beyond question, in my mind, are live garlic for inner complaints, and the application of honey for outer complaints. Seriously.
See Tuanedge’s post at #19.
Make sure you use real honey and not the flavored corn syrup so commonly masquerading as the result of the labor of bees (and beekeepers).
I have burned myself badly a couple of times; the first, I ran cold water on the burn for about a half hour. It never blistered, but it did peel after about a week.
The second; I grabbed a hot cast iron skillet barehanded. I put Tea Tree Oil on that one, and within about a half hour had no pain, no redness, and it never blistered or peeled. The aroma is somewhat distinctive, though.
I have never tried honey for burns.
Lesser burns not so seriously regarded (nor treated) blistered and were messy.
Applying regular mustard to bee stings took away the swelling and the pain for me this summer. I had to apply it a couple of times (after normal washing of hands which is where the bee stings occurred).
Thanks for the comments.
As for me, I will only trust the Maestro and his balm to cure my burns.
bump—burn treatment with pineapple gel
When hubby was in an explosion at work, Silvedene saved the day. Glad there’ll be another weapon in the arsenal.