Meet First Women treated with Fish Skin for 2nd Degree Burns

Maria Ines Candido da Silva, 36, Brazil, suffered second degree burn wounds on her arms, neck, and some of her face. The horrifying event occurred after explosion of gas canister at the restaurant where she worked. She was treated with pioneering Fish Skin treatment for burn wounds. The treatment involved skin from tilapia, a freshwater fish, to dress her wounds.

The fish, Tilapia is a disease-resistant species. Skin is extracted from fish and put under processing that removes the scales, muscle, toxins, and fishy smell. The Tilapia skin was left on da Silva’s burns for 11 days before being removed with petroleum jelly. The treatment was successfully completed without any complications and the patient reported its success happily.


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