Healing a wound with vinegar at home
Wounds can be difficult to heal. In fact they can sometimes be downright stubborn. If the wound becomes infected with a resistant organism, it may take weeks or months for complete healing. One of the more resistant germs is Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Over time this bacteria has become resistance to many antibiotics and disinfectants. This is most likely due to antibiotic overuse. This is becoming a dangerous trend.
I worked in home health care for many years and specialized in wound care. I found it to be very rewarding to watch a wound heal. What I found fascinating is that what could be termed as folk medicine healing was very effective. The most effective methods for wound healing was using household items such sugar, honey, Clorox or vinegar. A solution using Clorox and water could be made for pennies in comparison to the expensive Dakins solution and Vinegar with distilled water could be used instead of Acetic Acid. Vinegar contains 8% acetic acid which is its main component. I started to research this and in time was able to get physicians to get on board with me allow for alternative healing mechanisms. This was especially useful for a noncompliant population that could not afford the more expensive solutions. Studies now show that not only does vinegar solution work, it is sometimes more effective that traditional antibiotics.
What is a Pseudomonas infection?
This infection is caused by a strain of bacteria that is found commonly. The bacterium is called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Healthy individuals can often fight off these types of infections rather easily. If you have a weakened immune system, the infection can become rather serious. It is spread by improper hand washing techniques and sometimes contaminated equipment. It is treated generally with antibiotics. Unfortunately, this bacterium, just like many others, is becoming more difficult to treat because of increasing antibiotic resistance. If wounds infected with this type of bacteria can be treated with something as simple as a vinegar solution, it will help quell additional resistance.