Doctors use Tilapia skin to treat severe skin burn. It is from Brazil researchers experimenting this new treatment, where Brazil’s rivers and fish farms are rich in Tilapia. Its an unorthodox procedure which can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.
Frozen pig skin and human tissue have long been placed on burns to keep them moist and allow the transfer of collagen, a protein that promotes healing, but Brazil’s public hospitals were lack of human and pig skin supplies. Isntead, gauze bandage, which needs regular changing – often painful – is the norm.
It is said that Tilapia skin has moisture, collagen and disease resistance at levels comparable to human skin, and can aid in healing – Scientists at the Federal University of Cear in northern Brazil.
Tilapia – Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers and lakes and less commonly found living in brackish water.
“Adding that the treatment costs 75 percent less than thesulfadiazine cream typically used on Brazillian burn patients” – The Brazillian Researcher
The researchers hope the treatment will prove commercially viable and encourage businesses to process Tilapia skin for medical use.
Why spend too much on treatment on medications on high commercial products that you can even treat severe skin burn by using the skin of Tilapia.
People may be hopeful for this research to push through and would gain more support to establish strong foundation on treating skin burn.