Cheap mushroom band-aids

Scientists from my birth country, the Philippines, are said to have developed band-aids made from the fibers of the edible mushroom volvariella volvacea (incorporated in fibrous materials from agro-industrial wastes, alginate or stabilizer and textile fiber).

The mushroom induces the repair of tissues while inhibiting microbial growth. The band-aid itself is said to be non-toxic, non-allergenic, biodegradable, hydrophilic and permeates oxygen.

This beats the freshly-plucked guava leaves my grandmother used to plaster my scratched and (sometimes wounded) knees during my precocious years.

One Response to Cheap mushroom band-aids

  1. Pradeep 7 November, 2008 at 1:30 am #

    They say that the chitosan in the mushroom is the active agent. It is good to know that it is non-allergenic.
    Also check out KytoStat bandages here . I think this seafood-derived chitosan is costly, but both probably perform the same function.

    Interesting point about the guava leaves; coming from India, I have tasted many (:-),for no sane reason), but never used them for bandage.

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