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Treatment of a venous leg ulcer with a honey alginate dressing.

Abstract

The management of chronic wounds such as venous ulcers is a common and long-term issue with the aging population. Non-standard treatment that is both medically and financially effective needs to be identified. Honey has been used for its healing properties for centuries and has been used to successfully heal wounds including pressure-ulcers in our care facility. However, there is not much evidence for its use in treating venous ulcers. To this end, I trialed the use of a honey-impregnated alginate dressing on a man who had a long-standing history of venous ulcers on his leg with the aim of evaluating the effectiveness of honey as an alternative treatment to the current wound management therapies. The honey seemed to act as an effective antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and deodorizing dressing, with total healing of the ulcer achieved. This result, together with past successes with the use of honey alginate on ulcerated wounds, has led to this product becoming mainstream in the treatment of chronic wounds within our care facility.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Woodfield Retirement Village, Haberfield, New South Wales, Australia. Liesjevdw1@aol.com

Source

British journal of community nursing Suppl: 2005 Jun pg S21, S24, S26-7

MeSH

Alginates
Bandages, Hydrocolloid
Biocompatible Materials
Chronic Disease
Glucuronic Acid
Hexuronic Acids
Honey
Humans
Intellectual Disability
Male
Middle Aged
Nursing Assessment
Skin Care
Treatment Outcome
Varicose Ulcer
Wound Healing

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15944502

Citation

van der Weyden, Elizabeth A.. "Treatment of a Venous Leg Ulcer With a Honey Alginate Dressing." British Journal of Community Nursing, vol. Suppl, 2005, pp. S21, S24, S26-7.
van der Weyden EA. Treatment of a venous leg ulcer with a honey alginate dressing. Br J Community Nurs. 2005;Suppl:S21, S24, S26-7.
van der Weyden, E. A. (2005). Treatment of a venous leg ulcer with a honey alginate dressing. British Journal of Community Nursing, Suppl, pp. S21, S24, S26-7.
van der Weyden EA. Treatment of a Venous Leg Ulcer With a Honey Alginate Dressing. Br J Community Nurs. 2005;Suppl:S21, S24, S26-7. PubMed PMID: 15944502.
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