The skin is the largest organ. It separates our internal structures from the outside world. So it should come as no surprise that microorganisms living in that world — bacteria, fungi and viruses — decide to make a home on that skin. The “microbiome” is what we call the microorganisms living in harmony on the skin.
The Animal Microbiome’s Role in Healing
Skin in nature is not sterile. It is supposed to have these microorganisms co-mingling day in and day out. And while the effects of the skin’s microbiome are still being researched, human studies show its balance is critical to the overall health of the person. In fact, dysfunction in the microbiome is associated with autoimmune diseases and infection in humans.
Research conducted in equine healing shows that equine skin microbiota or microbiome creates a rich and stable environment that is disturbed by wounding. However, it springs back to its previous, balanced state of microorganisms upon full healing of the wound. Studies continue to explore the impact of the skin’s microbiome in terms of wound repair.
In the presence of tissue injury, loss of microbial diversity (or a disrupted skin microbiome) often results in prolonged inflammation which can delay wound healing. Both equine and human research has shown that a balanced microbiome shortens the time it takes for wounds to heal.
Applying wound care products that deter harmful infection-inducing bacteria while protecting the skin microbiome is a way to improve outcomes, and that was the basis of Absorbine®’s newest wound care innovation: Silver Honey®.
Silver Honey® Rapid Wound Repair
Silver Honey® Rapid Wound Repair uses the natural healing properties of both Manuka Honey and MicroSilver BG® to do just that.
Find out how Silver Honey® can help speed your animal’s healing by fighting harmful bacteria while protecting the skin’s natural microbiome.