Hyaluronic Acid
DESCRIPTION

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance present in the human body, and is also referred to as acide hyaluronique, acido hialurónico, glycoaminoglycan, glycoaminoglycane, hyaluran, hyaluronan, hyaluronate de sodium, hyaluronate sodium, hylan, or sodium hyaluronate. It is found largely in the eyes and joints in fluid form. However, for medical treatments, hyaluronic acid is extracted from rooster combs, or concocted in the laboratory using bacteria.

How It Works

This substance works by providing a cushion, or in other words, lubrication in the joints and other tissues. It is also injected in the eye to help replace natural fluids. The application of hyaluronic acid may affect the way your body responds to an injury.

Uses

There are several uses for hyaluronic acid. It can be used to treat various joint disorders, including osteoarthritis. And the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of this substance in certain eye surgeries such as cataract removal, corneal transplantation and the repair of detached retinas, amongst other eye injuries. If used externally, some have reported that this substance can aid in healing wounds, burns, and skin ulcers. It may also be used as a moisturizer. In the cosmetic industry, hyaluronic acid can be used as a lip filler for that perfect shaping, fuller lips. Not only that, research is being done to determine whether the properties of hyaluronic acid can reduce the effects of ageing when taken orally or applied externally, and has been marketed as the next “fountain of youth”. However, there are no records yet to confirm its effectiveness.

Dosage

To treat skin-related symptoms, hyaluronic acid may be applied to the affected areas externally. Please consult a doctor regarding the dosage frequency as it may vary depending on the severity of the condition. It is highly recommended that it should only be administered, orally or via injection into the affected areas like eyes and joints, by a healthcare professional. To avoid complications, do not attempt to do it on your own or by going to a non-certified center.

Side Effects

When administered the prescribed dosage and used correctly, there should be no side effects of hyaluronic acid. Should you experience any unusual reaction, kindly contact your doctor immediately.

Precautions

Before the use of hyaluronic acid, kindly advise your doctor if you are allergic to it or any other drugs. Also provide the list of medications that you are currently taking, regardless whether they have been prescribed or obtained over the counter, including vitamins, supplements, and herbal products. There are currently no records that hyaluronic acid has any effect when administered via injection during pregnancy. However, if you were to take it orally or applied externally on the skin while pregnant, kindly consult your doctor first as there is no evidence of its safety when administered through those methods. In the event that you are breastfeeding, avoid its use altogether as there is a lack of research done to determine whether it affects the breast milk, and consequently, your baby.

Self-Care

For reference and emergency purposes, it is best that you keep a record of all your doctor appointments as well as a list of all your medications.

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