Treating burnt foot in patient with neuropathy

Products: L-Mesitran Soft, Tulle, and Hydro

Case study performed by: Daniela Chrysostomou, Wound Clinic Health@45, Johannesburg, South Africa.

A 39-year-old male patient presented to the clinic with a full-thickness burn injury to his right foot. The patient suffered from peripheral neuropathy caused by type I diabetes mellitus. He sustained his injury while he was taking a foot bath, as the patient did not realise that the water was too hot due to his peripheral neuropathy. After noticing that his foot was swollen, he sought help and got treated by his general practitioner. The patient received treatment with paraffin gauze, povidone-iodine, and oral amoxicillin and clavulanate, but the wound showed no improvement. Two weeks after the injury occurred he was referred to the wound clinic for treatment with MGH.

L-Mesitran Soft, Tulle, and Hydro were combined with non-woven swabs and zinc paste bandages. Dressings were changed twice a week by the wound care specialist. Upon presentation, the skin was detached from the underlying tissue. 

Clinical signs of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection included green exudate and a distinct malodour. Treatment with MGH was started and after 2 days the skin could be removed surgically. 

After one week of MGH treatment, the wound bed showed more healthy granulation tissue. Due to the notable progress observed in the wound after three weeks of treatment, the frequency of dressing changes was reduced from twice a week to once a week.

After one month of treatment initiation, a significant reduction in wound size and redness was observed. Subsequently, after 2 months the wound achieved complete healing, greatly enhancing the patient’s quality of life as reported by the patient himself. He received treatment 12 times in total. Notably, a one-year follow-up examination indicated minimal scarring and almost full restoration of pigmentation.

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MGH is an effective wound care product, as it simultaneously exerts antimicrobial and wound-healing effects via multiple mechanisms. These multifaceted effects not only contribute to the ability of MGH to treat a broad spectrum of bacteria, but it lacks the risk of resistance(1). The antimicrobial effects of MGH rely mainly on the acidic pH, the high osmotic pressure due to the high sugar content, and the release of hydrogen peroxide after the enzymatic breakdown of sugar(2, 3). In addition to its antimicrobial activities, MGH also promotes wound healing by keeping the wound moist, stimulating autolytic debridement, and exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects(4, 5).

The MGH rapidly eliminated the signs of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. The wound healed remarkably fast, even though the patient had uncontrolled diabetes. Therefore, MGH can be used as an alternative or complementary treatment for infected burn wounds in diabetic patients.

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