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Hyaluronic acid is a member of the family of molecules known as glycosaminoglycans. This family also includes chondroitin sulfate and some other large carbohydrate-containing molecules. Hyaluronic acid is an important component of the connective tissue that fills the spaces between cells of the skin and other tissues, and is a major ingredient of the synovial fluid that lubricates and cushions joints as well as the vitreous humor that fills the inner chamber of the eye.1
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|Apply five times per day for one week or twice per day for three weeks||[2 stars] |
Gels and sprays containing hyaluronic acid, an important connective tissue component in the gums, have been shown to help reduce bleeding tendency and other indicators of gingivitis.
|Apply a gel containing a partial benzyl ester derivative of hyaluronan under compression bandaging daily||[2 stars] |
A trial found that topical application of a hyaluronic acid compound with compression bandaging was significantly better than bandaging alone for healing chronic venous skin ulcers.
|1% solution for ears||[2 stars] |
Topically applied hyaluronic acid is sometimes used in skin wound dressings to improve healing.
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] |
Injection of hyaluronic acid compounds into osteoarthritic joints, primarily the knee, has been shown to improve symptoms.
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