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Honey-medicated dressing: transformation of an ancient remedy into modern therapy.

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Honey has been applied for medicinal purposes since ancient times. Its antibacterial effects have been established during the past few decades. Still, modern medical practitioners hesitate to apply honey for local treatment of wounds. This may be explained by the expected messiness of such local application. Moreover, secondary infectious disease may be caused by contamination of honey with microorganisms. Hence, if honey is to be applied for medicinal purposes, it has to meet certain criteria. The authors evaluated the use and safety of a honey-medicated dressing that was developed to meet these criteria in a feasibility (phase II) study featuring 60 patients with chronic (n = 21), complicated surgical (n = 23), or acute traumatic (n = 16) wounds. In all but 1 patient, it was found easy to apply, helpful in cleaning the wounds, and without side effects. Based on these results, the authors advise to subject this dressing to a randomized, double blind, phase III study.

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    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, 1090 HM Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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    Annals of plastic surgery 50:2 2003 Feb pg 143-7; discussion 147-8

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Aged
    Aged, 80 and over
    Bandages
    Child
    Child, Preschool
    Chronic Disease
    Feasibility Studies
    Female
    Honey
    Humans
    Infant
    Leg Ulcer
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Postoperative Care
    Wound Healing
    Wounds and Injuries

    Pub Type(s)

    Case Reports
    Clinical Trial
    Clinical Trial, Phase II
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    12567050

    Citation

    Ahmed, A Kalam J., et al. "Honey-medicated Dressing: Transformation of an Ancient Remedy Into Modern Therapy." Annals of Plastic Surgery, vol. 50, no. 2, 2003, pp. 143-7; discussion 147-8.
    Ahmed AK, Hoekstra MJ, Hage JJ, et al. Honey-medicated dressing: transformation of an ancient remedy into modern therapy. Ann Plast Surg. 2003;50(2):143-7; discussion 147-8.
    Ahmed, A. K., Hoekstra, M. J., Hage, J. J., & Karim, R. B. (2003). Honey-medicated dressing: transformation of an ancient remedy into modern therapy. Annals of Plastic Surgery, 50(2), pp. 143-7; discussion 147-8.
    Ahmed AK, et al. Honey-medicated Dressing: Transformation of an Ancient Remedy Into Modern Therapy. Ann Plast Surg. 2003;50(2):143-7; discussion 147-8. PubMed PMID: 12567050.
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