Treatment of mucosal membranes

  • US 7,087,249 B2
  • Filed: 04/23/2002
  • Issued: 08/08/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/23/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of reducing inflammation or infection of a mucosal membrane, comprising:

  • contacting an inflamed or infected problem area of the mucosal membrane with a therapeutically effective amount of one or more antimicrobial metals in nanocrystalline form to provide a localized anti-inflammatory or antimicrobial effect, wherein the one or more antimicrobial metals are selected from the group consisting of silver, gold, platinum and palladium and characterized by sufficient atomic disorder so that the metal, in contact with an alcohol or water-based electrolyte, releases atoms, ions, molecules, or clusters of said metal on a sustainable basis and at a concentration sufficient to provide a localized anti-inflammatory or antimicrobial effect.

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