Malodorous Necrotic Ulcers

These ulcers are a major concern for cancer patients and can lead to social isolation and reduced QOL because current treatments inadequately reduce the foul smell to acceptable levels. A paper recently published reported that rinsing the ulcers twice a © 2007 Elsevier Australia

day with an antibacterial essential oil mixture (mainly eucalyptus oil) resulted in complete disappearance of odour by day 3 or 4 in all patients (n = 30) (Warnke et al 2006). The eucalyptus was used in combination with a standard course of antibiotics. A number of beneficial secondary findings were anti-inflammatory activity, promotion of healing and complete re-epithelialisation, and emotional relief on resolution of the condition.

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