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Has honey been used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes for centuries

They have uncovered egyptian papyruses from 4000 b.
C. That show they used honey in combination with other agents as wound treatment. In modern times manuka honey has been made sterile and packaged for medical use for chronic ulcers. The manuka honey differs from regular table honey only in the type of flower the bees feed on to produce the honey.

In brief: Yes for centuries

They have uncovered egyptian papyruses from 4000 b.
C. That show they used honey in combination with other agents as wound treatment. In modern times manuka honey has been made sterile and packaged for medical use for chronic ulcers. The manuka honey differs from regular table honey only in the type of flower the bees feed on to produce the honey.
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology

In brief: Yes, but...

...That doesn't mean it's a good idea.
At least one study, published last year, found that treating leg ulcers with dressings impregnated with honey did not significantly improve the rate of healing, but did lead to a significantly increased number of side effects. It's best to stick with treatments that have been proven to work, such as compression dressings. Your doctor can help with that.

In brief: Yes, but...

...That doesn't mean it's a good idea.
At least one study, published last year, found that treating leg ulcers with dressings impregnated with honey did not significantly improve the rate of healing, but did lead to a significantly increased number of side effects. It's best to stick with treatments that have been proven to work, such as compression dressings. Your doctor can help with that.
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