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Pharmaceutics 2018, 10(2), 71; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics10020071

Hydrogels for Atopic Dermatitis and Wound Management: A Superior Drug Delivery Vehicle

Department of Research and Development, Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd., 21-31 Malcolm Road, Braeside, VIC 3195, Australia
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Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 6 June 2018 / Accepted: 13 June 2018 / Published: 14 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Hydrogels for Drug Delivery)
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Wound management, in addition to presenting a significant burden to patients and their families, also contributes significantly to a country’s healthcare costs. Treatment strategies are numerous, but in most cases not ideal. Hydrogels, three-dimensional polymeric materials that can withstand a great degree of swelling without losing structural integrity, are drawing great attention for their use as topical wound management solutions in the form of films and as vehicles for drug delivery, due to their unique properties of high water content, biocompatibility, and flexibility. Hydrogels, both naturally and synthetically derived, can be tuned to respond to specific stimuli such as pH, temperature and light and they are ideally suited as drug delivery vehicles. Here we provide a brief overview of the history and characteristics of hydrogels, assess their uses in wound management and drug delivery, and compare them with other types of common drug delivery vehicle. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogels; skin; wound healing; drug delivery hydrogels; skin; wound healing; drug delivery
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Harrison, I.P.; Spada, F. Hydrogels for Atopic Dermatitis and Wound Management: A Superior Drug Delivery Vehicle. Pharmaceutics 2018, 10, 71.

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