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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013, Article ID 702949, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/702949
Research Article

What Is the Best Strategy for Enhancing the Effects of Topically Applied Ozonated Oils in Cutaneous Infections?

1Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Chimica e Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
2Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare e dello Sviluppo, Università degli Studi di Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
3Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita, Università degli Studi di Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
4Dipartimento di Fisiologia, Università degli Studi di Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy

Received 12 April 2013; Accepted 21 September 2013

Academic Editor: Gulam Waris

Copyright © 2013 I. Zanardi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Owing to diabetes, atherosclerosis, and ageing, there are several million patients undergoing skin lesions degenerated into infected ulcers with very little tendency to heal and implying a huge socioeconomical cost. Previous medical experience has shown that the daily application of ozonated oil eliminates the infection and promotes a rapid healing. The purpose of the study is the optimization of the antimicrobial effect of ozonated oils by testing in vitro four bacterial species and one yeast without or in the presence of different amounts of human serum. The results obtained suggest that a gentle and continuous removal of debris and exudate is an essential condition for the potent bactericidal effect of ozonated oils. In fact, even small amounts of human serum inactivate ozone derivatives and protect bacteria. The application of ozonated oil preparations is very promising in a variety of skin and mucosal infections. Moreover, ozonated oils are far less expensive than antibiotic preparations.