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How effective is honey as a wound dressing compared to conventional dressings?

How effective is honey as a wound dressing compared to conventional dressings?

Dressings: As dr bolhack explained, fortunately we now have many choices of dressings for the wounds. People used to order wet to dry dressing!?. But that time is far gone. Honey (called medihoney) which is quite pricey too but it has its own place for some wounds. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more


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I am suffering with an abscess on my thigh at the moment and have been given a honey dressing to put on the wound , is this safe to use ?

I am suffering with an abscess on my thigh at the moment and have been given a honey dressing to put on the wound , is this safe to use ?

Honey dsg ; abscess: Do not place a honey dressing on an abscess. You need to see a doctor (primary care physician, urgent care, emergency room) for evaluation of the abscess and consideration of incision and drainage and/or antibiotics. Then a sterile dressing may be placed and changed daily or twice daily. ...Read more

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Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Yes but: in general yes, depend do you have an open wound or the wound is closed and you want to speed up the healing because of your diabetes, actually honey dressing have been very popular for wound healing. It is always better to check with the surgeons that performed the surgery to make sure that there is no objection. ...Read more

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Would manuka honey close up open wound?

Wound: The basis of wound care is to determine what caused it in the first place. That should always be the focus. There are over 4000 wound care products on the market and most are sterile when they come out of the package so few would actually harm a wound. Honey has gained popularity but an excellent cochrane review showed that it has no proven benefit compared to other dressings. No single product f. ...Read more

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How can you mix a honey poultice to heal a wound?

How can you mix a honey poultice to heal a wound?

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

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I just need ideas about the use of honey in wound care.

Yes it is true -: Historical as well as current modern science has shown that honey does have medicinal properties for wound care. However not all honeys are equal at providing this and in fact some can increase risk of infection due to contamination. The best known commercial product for wound care is named Medihoney. I would stick with a product that is designed specifically for treating wounds. ...Read more

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Is it effective to use honey for wound care after i&d for abcess?

Is it effective to use honey for wound care after i&d for abcess?

Medihoney: Do not just pour honey on a wound however the product called medihoney has proven very effective in wound care with good research to back this up. Medihoney is produced under sterile conditions with further refinement into the final product. ...Read more

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I've heard honey is good for diabetic wounds is this true or a myth?

Multiple factors: Honey is a small aspect of the larger picture. Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing using evidence based medicine. ...Read more

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Is honey good to put on a wound, ulcer?

Is honey good to put on a 
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Wound care : Honey is a topical antimicrobial agent that has been used for thousands of years in wound care. Only medicinal grade honey should be used. The type of honey also appears to be important. Manuka Honey from New Zealand appears to have exceptional anti microbial activity. Any wound that is difficult to heal should be evaluated. A wound care specialist can use honey dressings to treat the wound. ...Read more

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There is some advice to put honey on wounds. wouldn't this increase the change of would wound botulism toxicity?

There is some advice to put honey on wounds. wouldn't this increase the change of would wound botulism toxicity?

Hoaxsters: No physician would or has advised anyone to put honey on wounds. That would be a false myth and a dangerous one at that. Please do not believe everything you read. ...Read more