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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 819525, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/819525
Review Article

Recent Developments in Topical Wound Therapy: Impact of Antimicrobiological Changes and Rebalancing the Wound Milieu

Hautklinik Erlangen, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Ulmenweg 18, 91054 Erlangen, Germany

Received 4 November 2013; Revised 15 March 2014; Accepted 15 March 2014; Published 15 April 2014

Academic Editor: Paul J. Higgins

Copyright © 2014 Cornelia Erfurt-Berge and Regina Renner. 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

Wound therapy improves every year by developing new wound treatment options or by advancing already existing wound materials, for example, adding self-releasing analgesic drugs or growth factors to wound dressings, or by binding and inactivating excessive proteases. Also new dressing materials based on silk fibers and enhanced methods to reduce bacterial burden, for example, cold argon plasma, might help to fasten wound healing.