Objective: To observe the effect of topical emu oil on wound healing in scalded rats.
Methods: Thirty Wistar rats with second degree scald were randomized into emu oil group, povidone iodine group and liquid paraffin group. The times of twisting of the rat body, water content and effusion of the scald wound and the percentage of wound healing were observed.
Results: Compared with povidone iodine and liquid paraffin, emu oil reduced the times of body twisting of the scalded rats, the water content and effusion of the scald wound, and increased the percentage of wound healing.
Conclusion: Emu oil can alleviate inflammation in the scald wound and promote wound healing in rats.