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Does Honey Help Cuts Heal
I have a small one inch cut that is likely infected. Can I treat it with Manuka honey? How long will that take to heal? There is concerning swelling.
That and others: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
Sure you should?: While there is a little evidence that honey can be helpful to wound healing, in my experience we have many, many products (alginates made from seaweed, for example) more useful than honey. Any wound that has been open long enough to need honey needs evaluation by a doctor with expertise in wound healing. Ask him or her if honey would be appropriate for the wound in question. ...Read more
I have cut my own Aloe Vera from the plant and mixed in equal amounts with honey but in what quantities should I take it please?
Aloe Precaution: Like many plant preparations, aloe may have different uses from different parts of the plant. Aloe vera gel on skin irritations has been reported as soothing and cooling. Other Aloe plant parts taken by mouth has been report as having a major laxative effect. This is erroneously assumed to be a cause of "weight loss". In reality it is a loss of solid waste from the bowels. Better laxatives exist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I tried to pop a big blackhead on my chin, but it did not come out.It looks red and big now.How can I heal it faster ? Does honey or differin (adapalene) help?
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