Bacteriostatic Activity of Lemon Juice against Staphylococcal Skin Infections

  • Farkhanda Afaque Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
  • Syeda Fatima Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
  • Shazia Tabassum Hakim Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
  • Sayyada Ghufrana Nadeem Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
Keywords: Lemon, bacteria, agar well diffusion method, Vitamin C

Abstract

Antimicrobial herbs are center of attraction from a very long time back. These herbs can cure variety of the infections including GIT, liver and skin infections. In this conducted study we have analyzed lemon as an antibacterial herb against skin infections. A total of 25 skin lesion samples were collected out of which 14 were Staphylococcus epidermidis and 06 were Staphylococcus aureus were isolated. By pure culture study method all the species of Staphylococci gives bacteriostatic growth by the activity of lemon juice which was analyzed by Agar well diffusion method. Some other antimicrobial herb are also efficient against skin infections like aloe vera, neem etc. Because of the presence of Vitamin C lemon juices aids some more health effects to the skin and have less side effects than antibiotics.

Author Biographies

Farkhanda Afaque, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi

Department of Microbiology

Syeda Fatima, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi

Department of Microbiology

Shazia Tabassum Hakim, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi

Virology and Tissue Culture Laboratory, Department of Microbiology

Sayyada Ghufrana Nadeem, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi

Medical Mycology Research and Reference Laboratory, Department of Microbiology

Published
2012-01-15