Harnessing the Saguaro Cactus to Treat Skin Infections - Antimicrobial Properties of the Carnegiea Gigantea Seed ExtractPlant Sciences
- Jennifer Kaste
"Acute skin infections are a significant burden on the health care system. There are an estimated 14.2 million skin infection office visits in 2005. The SSTI severity ranges from minor to life threatening. At best, SSTI are a nuisance. At worst, SSTI can result in surgery, sepsis, and death. Conventional treatment for SSTI’s is antibiotics. A traditional Navajo treatment is to use ground Saguaro Cactus seeds as topical antimicrobial treatment. My project will explore the efficacy of this Saguaro Seed treatment. "