A waitress in Russas, Brazil, acquired second-degree burns all over her body from an explosion in a restaurant where she was working.
Instead of using traditional medicine, though, doctors offered to treat her burnt areas with fish scales.
Maria Ines Candio, 36, felt extreme agony from her severe burns. She just wanted any treatment available to ease her suffering. She recommends this fish treatment as she saw it rather effective and soothing.
According to Dr. Edmar Maciel, “Tilapia skin contains optimum levels of collagen type-one and high degrees of humidity, so it takes a long time to dry out."
These are vital to heal burns and provide patients with the much-needed proteins to facilitate the healing process.
According to him, Tilapia fish skin acts in the healing process by soothing and curing severe wounds brought about by the burns.
Dr. Maciel is one of the surgeons who pioneered the treatment.
Before placing it on the affected area, the fish scale undergoes an process to remove its ‘fishy’ smell, muscle tissues, as well as any possible harmful elements that could be detrimental. It will then be stretched, laminated, and refrigerated for up to two years.
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