Certain types of skin bacteria can help assist wound healing and eliminate scars.

Bacteria never seem to get the recognition it deserves. While we normally attribute bacteria as a health concern we would rather not deal with, recent studies have reflected how certain forms can help boost the wound healing process.

Researchers from the University of Manchester have analyzed how certain types of bacteria that are prevalent in the skin can actually help out with treating chronic wounds, which are injuries that normally require great attention to help heal. The doctors compared skin bacteria from tissue samples of people who had chronic wounds that either did or did not heal, to see whether or not certain types of bacterial communities were the reason some wounds failed to heal properly.

Using laboratory mice, the researchers discovered that rodents who appeared to be lacking a specific gene had a different arrangement of skin microbiota, which alluded to a higher abundance of harmful skin bacteria that resulted in wounds healing at a much slower pace than that of the mice who had a normal copy of the particular gene.

The gene in question is commonly linked to Crohn’s disease, which is when the linings of the intestines experience inflammatory symptoms, and could be the key for helping cells recognize which types of bacteria should be fought against and which should be allowed to assist wound healing stages.

Dr. Matthew Hardman, a head researcher at the University of Manchester and lead author of the study, felt that his team was able to providence evidence that can help further studies figure out how cell and bacteria communication could be the key toward more effective wound treatment.

“This study gives us a much better understanding of the types of bacterial species that are found in skin wounds, how our cells might respond to the bacteria and how that interaction can affect healing.” Hardman said in a statement.

Although further research is necessary to establish which specific cells and forms of bacteria are compatible with one another, the study might be able to help unlock future research methods form new approaches toward wound healing treatments.

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