Innovation

New Possible Frostbite Treatment Engineered By Indian Scientists

During the winter days, which are relatively shorter than your usual ones, people often amuse themselves and have fun by sledding, snowshoeing, skiing or skating for hours on end. Unfortunately, cold and frosty temps can also bring more than fun. In fact, they can also put people at risk of serious damage to their skin and other tissues. Sometimes both, and sometimes permanent. One such risk is frostbite, which can be really difficult to treat. Thankfully, a newly engineered gel might just be able to provide immediate help because it can reportedly reduce the damage of frostbite while speeding the healing process at the same time.

Usually, frostbite occurs whenever a part of our body gets exposed to temperatures that are below freezing. Putting parts of our body like toes, fingers, nose, chin and cheeks at risk, it’s characterized by the crystallizing of the fluids in our body, which can then kill any cells and stop them from receiving the proper amount of blood flow.

After warming up, frostbite injuries oftentimes worsen. It turns red and swollen, which is a sign of inflammation. Other times, however, the inflammation can cause a different type of harm that is harder to treat.

Science To The Rescue

To treat a frostbite injury, a medicine would need to be able to boost healing, stop inflammation and increase blood flow. It also needs to reach the tissue’s deeper layers since a treatment that only reaches the top layer won’t be able to do much.

Thankfully, Rahul Verma, a drug researcher at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology in Mohali, was able to find a solution via nanotechnology. Teaming up with other researchers in India, they were able to develop a gel that can be sprayed on the wound.

Based on tests, while effective, it still needs time to be fully developed.

“We are planning for clinical trials on humans,” Verma said. He added his center will think about releasing the spray gel for sale if it gets all positive results.

Nevertheless, the study is the first step toward a new important frostbite treatment.

Woman's hands blister and swell after suffering from severe frostbite A woman from Australia wakes up with a severe case of frostbite in Canada after falling asleep outside a bar. TheBassistMuse/Imgur

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