Is fish skin a beneficial and effective treatment for chronic wounds?

According to the National Institute of Nursing Research, more than five million Americans are impacted by chronic wounds every year. The elderly, plus those living with disabilities and diabetes, have a greater chance of developing this condition. For these individuals, finding a way to prevent development, alleviate the symptoms and speed up the healing process is critical, but have any of them considered fish skin as a treatment method?

The benefits of fish skin

According to Bloomberg News, Fertram Sigurjonsson, the chairman and chief executive officer of Kerecis Ltd., has been developing Kerecis™ Omega3 acellular fish skin products to treat acute, chronic and oral wounds since 2009.

But why fish skin? The contents in the skin, mostly the omega-3 fatty acids, have a natural anti-inflammatory ability that can treat wounds and speed up the healing process. Sigurjonsson’s product, made from dried and processed fish skin, is placed directly onto the wounds where the omega-3 fatty acids get to work. These proteins give the body’s cells structure to grow around so they can reform the tissue that was damaged by the wound.

As of late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved this new form of treatment.

Reach out to your doctor

While fish skin treatment sounds like a promising method as new advancements in chronic wound care surface, it’s important to speak to your doctor about how to treat infected wounds. He or she can provide substantial recommendations to shape up your care regimen and treat your wounds properly.

Advanced Tissue is the nation’s leader in delivering specialized wound care supplies to patients, delivering to both homes and long-term care facilities.