Acetic acid, found in vinegar, shown to be effective against bacteria found in burn wounds

EurekAlert! featured a story related to the use of acetic acid (“an active ingredient of household vinegar”) as an effective alternative agent to prevent infection and kill bacteria found in burn wounds.  The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Birmingham and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Center (SRMRC).  Fenella Halstead, NIHR SRMRC Clinical Scientist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, explained, “As resistance to antibiotics grows, we need to find ways to replace them with alternative topical agents that can kill bacteria and help our burns patients.  The evidence in this study offers great promise to be a cheap and effective measure to do just that.” The article can be found here.