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New treatment to speed up wound healing

Scientists in the USA have developed ‘super-oxidised’ water which kills viruses, bacteria and fungi – a major problem for the healing of diabetic ulcers.

The key ingredient of the water, called Microcyn, are oxychlorine ions – electrically charged molecules which pierce the cell walls of free-living microbes. The water can only kill cells it can completely surround so human cells are spared because they are tightly bound together in a matrix.

One study showed that people with advanced foot ulcers who were treated with the water, alongside an antibiotic, had an average healing time of 43 days compared with 55 days in those who received standard treatment.

“This research is very interesting," said Tracey Kelly, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"The healing of wounds is a major problem for people with diabetes who do not have good blood glucose control or have circulatory problems.

"With 15 per cent of foot ulcers resulting in lower limb amputation, Diabetes UK would welcome any safe, effective treatment that could help people with diabetes make a swift recovery. We look forward to future results.”

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