BMJ Group Medical Reference
Alginate dressings soak up any fluid that leaks out of the burn and forms a layer of gel over it. So these types of dressing are used if there is pus and fluid coming out of your burn. The dressing will protect the wound from dirt and germs. It also keeps the area moist and warm, which are good conditions for your skin to heal. You remove the dressing by rinsing it off with water.
Brand names include Algisite, Kaltostat, and Sorbalgon.
We haven't found any good research on alginate dressings and how they compare with other types of dressing.
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