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Essential Oil Encapsulated in Nanoparticles for Treatment of Skin Infections

  • Hercília Maria Lins Rolim
  • Thais Cruz Ramalho
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Abstract

Skin infections are usually caused by bacteria (Staphylococcus and Streptococcus), fungi, or viruses. The treatment is essential to maintain tissue function and aesthetics. The use of essential oils as antimicrobial agents is studied as a viable option in the healing. Nano-encapsulation increases the physical stability of essential oils, enhances bioactivity, reduce toxicity, decreases volatility, and protects it from environmental interactions. Recent studies have shown that nanoparticles containing essential oils have significant antimicrobial potential against multidrug-resistant pathogens. The aim of this chapter is to discuss various studies on essential oils in combination with nanoparticles for the treatment of cutaneous infections.

Keywords

Essential oils Nanotechnology Cutaneous infections Antimicrobial potential 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hercília Maria Lins Rolim
    • 1
  • Thais Cruz Ramalho
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Nanosystems—NANOSFAR, Postgraduate Program in Pharmaceutical SciencesFederal University of PiauíTeresinaBrazil

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