Hypochlorous acid can help with the treatment of severe chronic wounds.

A weak acid that is produced predominantly as a solution, hypochlorous acid is abundant in wound care mainly because of its redeeming oxidizing properties. It is mainly provided as a disinfectant to help avoid wound infection, and while it is widely available for purchase in various stores, it is important to understand that a stabilized form of the acid is what can help cleanse wounds. Here is a general overview regarding the wound healing qualities of hypochlorous acid, and how to effectively use it to care for your lesion:

Natural properties

One of the more intriguing dynamics to hypochlorous acid is the fact that it is naturally found in small molecules generated by white blood cells responding to killing pathogens before they infiltrate the immune system. Other in vitro studies have examined its capabilities to get rid of drug-resistant bacteria, indicating that it could prove useful for severe chronic wounds. It is also known for its ability to efficiently sterilize and debride wounds of dead tissue found at the source of the injury, as well as being able to remove strong odors from lesions.

Documented cases

According to reports from Ostomy Wound Management, there have been a number of studies involving the therapeutic wound properties of hypochlorous acid. In one case, a 53-year-old obese patient who developed an abscess on his left foot due to complications from diabetes mellitus and peripheral vascular disease was instructed to switch up his wound care method by soaking a collagen dermal matrix dressing with hypochlorous acid. The results found the patient was put back on a positive healing trajectory, indicating his wound would be cleansed and closed in a timely manner. Another study involved a man with a diabetic foot ulcer that eventually required amputation. After undergoing his medical procedure, frequent hypochlorous acid irrigation on a collagen dermal matrix dressing helped him be able to cover the exposed tendon with healthy granulation tissue.

Usage

Common disinfectant sprays that contain hypochlorous acid generally feature fractions of the actual acid content, and are mainly recommended to apply to a dressing, specifically a collagen dermal type bandage. When gently wiped with hypochlorous acid and topped with a gentle rub of gauze, its debridement capabilities allow for a generally pain-free and non-smelly wound that will be looking better in no time. Always speak with your clinician to see if it is a good idea to begin using hypochlorous acid as part of your wound treatment.

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