Presentation Title

Observing the sensitivity of topical Melaleuca alternifolia on the epidermis of swine

Faculty Mentor

Cord Brundage, PhD

Start Date

18-11-2017 12:30 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 1:30 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 39

Session

Poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

We tested skin sensitivities to dermal application of tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) in swine. Using specific application techniques over a series of days and recording data with systematic images throughout the duration of this double blind study our aim was to analyze the amount of irritation caused by the tea tree oil. After random selection of 6 pigs, of the same age, by farm staff we assigned them numbers based on their ear notching identification. Three unknown bottles containing three different solutions (100% tea tree oil, 50% tea tree oil and 50% mineral oil, and 100% mineral oil) were all applied in a designated location on each pigs back, every three days over a time period of 15 days. Application was initiated with adhesive bandaging material, and applied to the skin using sterile cotton swabs followed by air drying.The recording of data with visual images every three days allowed us to study the variability between treatment sessions, and facilitated blinded analysis. By quantifying the redness in the epidermis of swine using imageJ software we concluded that the application of Tea Tree Oil in swine showed no significant change in the quality of the epidermis Infrared thermal imaging of the applications site at the start and end of the treatment series showed no increase in heat production with any solution application. This evidence suggests, that similar to in humans, tea tree oil can be used without irritation on intact swine skin. The next phase of this research is to evaluate the therapeutic value of tea tree oil application on swine skin abrasions.

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Observing the sensitivity of topical Melaleuca alternifolia on the epidermis of swine

BSC-Ursa Minor 39

We tested skin sensitivities to dermal application of tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) in swine. Using specific application techniques over a series of days and recording data with systematic images throughout the duration of this double blind study our aim was to analyze the amount of irritation caused by the tea tree oil. After random selection of 6 pigs, of the same age, by farm staff we assigned them numbers based on their ear notching identification. Three unknown bottles containing three different solutions (100% tea tree oil, 50% tea tree oil and 50% mineral oil, and 100% mineral oil) were all applied in a designated location on each pigs back, every three days over a time period of 15 days. Application was initiated with adhesive bandaging material, and applied to the skin using sterile cotton swabs followed by air drying.The recording of data with visual images every three days allowed us to study the variability between treatment sessions, and facilitated blinded analysis. By quantifying the redness in the epidermis of swine using imageJ software we concluded that the application of Tea Tree Oil in swine showed no significant change in the quality of the epidermis Infrared thermal imaging of the applications site at the start and end of the treatment series showed no increase in heat production with any solution application. This evidence suggests, that similar to in humans, tea tree oil can be used without irritation on intact swine skin. The next phase of this research is to evaluate the therapeutic value of tea tree oil application on swine skin abrasions.