Histological and bacteriological studies of burn wounds treated with boiled potato peel dressings

Burns. 1990 Apr;16(2):137-43. doi: 10.1016/0305-4179(90)90175-v.


Histological and clinical studies have been made on comparable burn wounds covered with either boiled potato peels affixed to gauze bandages or gauze dressings alone; both dressings were applied over a thin layer of 5 per cent silver sulphadiazine. Compared with treatment with plain gauze dressings, the application of the potato peel dressing reduced or eliminated dessication, permitted the survival of superficial skin cells and hastened epithelial regeneration. Bacteriological studies showed that the potato peels had no intrinsic antibacterial activity, the wounds beneath both dressings showing either no growth or, on most occasions, the same bacterial species. The easy availability of potato peels and gauze bandages on to which they can be affixed, the simplicity of the preparation of this dressing, the ease of sterilization and its low cost of production make this the dressing of choice for burn wounds in our developing country.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bandages*
  • Burns / microbiology
  • Burns / pathology
  • Burns / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Epidermis / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Solanum tuberosum*
  • Time Factors
  • Wound Healing