Surgical Supplies Ltd

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Benefits in Podiatry:- Hypochlorous acid is actually a weak acid but has rapid bactericidal, viricidal, fungicidal and sporicidal properties. The substance is a strong oxidiser consequently it can rapidly penetrate microbial cell walls whilst leaving larger and more robust human cells unaffected. In fact, the immune system itself harnesses exactly the same chemical when fighting infection. Potential Podiatric Applications The introduction of such a product could have a range of possibilities in podiatry. Firstly, as a replacement for our usual skin disinfectants which are used pre- and post-op on patients undergoing treatment. The non-irritant aspect of the product potentially means when spraying it will not cause any irritation to the eyes or respiratory system should it inadvertently stray - unlike chlorhexidine that can particularly as it is an alcoholic solution. In addition, it does not sting like traditional alcoholic solutions - all the patients we have used this on to date have reported no stinging – even on open wounds. Secondly, we frequently see superficial infections of the skin. Where it may prove invaluable is in the treatment of interdigital infections such as erythrasma. Having a topical spray product, which can be used in clinic and safely at home, interdigital hygiene should become a straightforward process without the usual stinging of surgical spirit or other astringents currently used. Other superficial bacterial infections such as pitted keratolysis could also be treated. As a treatment for cleaning ulcers, hypochlorous acid has really made its mark. Studies have been undertaken and reviewed in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. Along similar lines following nail surgery, cleansing of the wound by the podiatrist and patient alike could be undertaken using the product to decontaminate the area and promote healing at home and in the clinic. Its effects on fungi, and particularly the dermatophytes is particularly interesting. Studies have shown its fungal killing abilities along with its sporicidal properties.

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