Treatment of infectious skin defects or ulcers with electrolyzed strong acid aqueous solution

Artif Organs. 1997 Jan;21(1):32-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1594.1997.tb00696.x.


A chronic ulcer with an infection such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is hard to heal. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons often encounter such chronic ulcers that are resistant to surgical or various conservative treatments. We applied conservative treatment using an electrolyzed strong acid aqueous solution and obtained satisfactory results. The lesion was washed with the solution or soaked in a bowl of the solution for approximately 20 min twice a day. Fresh electrolyzed strong acid aqueous solution is unstable and should be stored in a cool, dark site in a sealed bottle. It should be used within a week after it has been produced. Here we report on 15 cases of infectious ulcers that were treated by electrolyzed strong acid aqueous solution. Of these cases, 7 patients were healed, 3 were granulated, and in 5, infection subsided. In most cases the lesion became less reddish and less edematous. Discharge or foul odor from the lesion was decreased. Electrolyzed strong acid aqueous solution was especially effective for treating a chronic refractory ulcer combined with diabetes melitus or peripheral circulatory insufficiency. This clinically applied therapy of electrolyzed strong acid aqueous solution was found to be effective so that this new therapeutic technique for ulcer treatment can now be conveniently utilized.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acids / administration & dosage
  • Acids / pharmacology
  • Acids / therapeutic use*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Electrolysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osmolar Concentration
  • Skin Ulcer / drug therapy*
  • Skin Ulcer / microbiology
  • Solutions
  • Staphylococcal Skin Infections / drug therapy*
  • Wound Healing / drug effects


  • Acids
  • Solutions