Role of an acidic environment in the treatment of diabetic foot infections: A review

Management of diabetic foot ulcers is the biggest challenge to the clinician, as conventional antibiotic therapies and local wound care have their own limitations. They are not effective for control of infections and promotion of healing because of cytotoxic effects. In view of cytotoxicity of routinely used topical antiseptic agents, this article focuses on the search of an ideal topical antiseptic agent that is safe and effective in controlling infectious agents and also in promoting the healing process. This review focuses on the use of various acids such as citric, acetic, hyaluronic, and hypochlorous acids as topical agents in diabetic foot infections. This article also focuses on the different roles of acids in the treatment of diabetic foot infections.

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