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Honey for wound care

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Problem[edit]

Chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers and diabetic wounds are a common problem among older people and alternative methods to the current time-consuming and costly practices of wound management in the nursing home need to be identified.[1]

Summary[edit]

Honey has a potent antibacterial activity and is very effective in clearing infection in wounds and protecting wounds from becoming infected. It also has a debriding action, an anti-inflammatory action, and a stimulatory effect on granulation and epithelialisation. [2]

Raw honey is used. The action of the honey varies widely, and researchers have found particular honeys, including a certain Australian bush honey, to be especially effective.[verification needed]

Developers[edit]

Professor Peter Molan, MBE

Website[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Van der Weyden EA.T The use of honey for the treatment of two patients with pressure ulcers. Br J Community Nurs. 2003 Dec;8(12):S14-20.
  2. The potential for using honey to treat wounds infected with MRSA and VRE. Allen, K. L., Hutchinson, G., and Molan, P.C. Presented at the First World Wound Healing Congress, 10-13 September 2000, Melbourne, Australia

See also[edit]

Wheelchair seating