Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare inherited skin disease with an incidence of 1/50,000.

It is characterised by skin fragility and blistering of the skin ranging in severity from mild to very severe and is extremely painful- in fact the pain has been compared to having full thickness burns.

There are three main forms of EB:

EB Simplex – which typically affects hands and feet

Junctional EB – which involves laminin and collagen and occurs at the site of friction, also mainly hands and feet

Dystrophic EB – which affects both the skin and organs.

There are approximately 1,000 people in Australia who have some form of EB, many of whom require daily wound dressings to both protect and treat their  wounds.

Sutherland Medical is proud to support DEBRA Australia  (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) –  a not for profit volunteer based organisation that does not receive any direct Government funding. See www.debra.org.au

For information on the EB Dressings Scheme, go to Independence Australia’s website:    www.ebdressings.com.au

PolyMem in the treatment of Epidermolysis Bullosa

PolyMem is a unique wound dressing ideally suited to treat painful wounds and is listed on both the UK and Australian EB Dressing Schemes. PolyMem contains a wound cleanser, glycerine, and a superabsorbent starch copolymer, that when combined together effectively cleanse, moisten, fill and absorb.

PolyMem also has the ability to inhibit the nociceptor response and thereby reduce both pain and inflammation. PolyMem is non-adherent and the glycerine provides further protection against the dressing potentially adhering to a wound. PolyMem is also available in silver (antimicrobial) and comes in a range of shapes and sizes to fit various parts of the body eg: finger and toe dressings are now available. www.polymem.com

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