Treatment for leprosy wound shows ‘enormous potential’

The new treatment can be ‘life-changing’ for patients worldwide.

Doctors at a hospital in Nepal says trials for treating leprosy wound have been promising. The trials, done at Anandaban leprosy hospital in the south of Kathmandu, are led by Birmingham University.

According to The Guardian, the project lead, Prof. Richard Lilford from Birmingham University, said the “intervention was similar to a scab forming to cover a wound on a child’s knee”.

“You might remember as a child grazing your knee and a scab forming. When the scab came off a few days later – bingo! The skin underneath had miraculously healed,” he added.

The research is funded by the National Institute for Health, which involved a year-long randomised trial with 130 adults, who have reported to start measuring the healing of their leprosy ulcers.

It is also hoped that this particular treatment can help those living with diabetes, particularly the ones who have a risk of amputation.

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