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Honey: a reservoir for microorganisms and an inhibitory agent for microbes.
Afr Health Sci 2007; 7(3):159-65AH

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Honey is an ancient remedy for the treatment of infected wounds, which has recently been 'rediscovered' by the medical profession. The use to which honey is put in medical care is increasing daily with many authors pointing out its importance and role in wound care. There have been reports that honey contains many microorganisms including bacteria and fungi.

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this paper is to highlight the various uses, organisms commonly found in honey, how the organisms arrived in the honey and their effects on wounds and wound care. Would the presence of these organisms not constitute a limiting factor to the use of honey in wound management? This is what this review aims to answer.

METHODS

A literature search was done on honey using pubmed, google, local books and journals. Relevant journals were extracted and discussed with emphasis on the antimicrobial properties as well as microbial content of honey and the implications of these.

RESULTS

The production of honey as well as the storing process account for the presence of microorganisims. Most of these organisms are said to be in inactive forms as they can hardly survive in honey because of its several properties including hygroscopicity, hyperosmolarity, acidity, peroxide content, antibiotic activities etc. However there is a need for caution in the use of honey in wound management.

CONCLUSION

We suggest that wounds to be treated with honey should be investigated i.e with a swab for the microorganisms present on the wound and their sensitivity to the honey before commencing honey treatment. This will help in carefully selecting wounds that might do well with honey treatment not withstanding other properties of honey that aid wound healing.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Surgery, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Osun state, Nigeria. emiolaitan@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18052870

Citation

Olaitan, Peter B., et al. "Honey: a Reservoir for Microorganisms and an Inhibitory Agent for Microbes." African Health Sciences, vol. 7, no. 3, 2007, pp. 159-65.
Olaitan PB, Adeleke OE, Ola IO. Honey: a reservoir for microorganisms and an inhibitory agent for microbes. Afr Health Sci. 2007;7(3):159-65.
Olaitan, P. B., Adeleke, O. E., & Ola, I. O. (2007). Honey: a reservoir for microorganisms and an inhibitory agent for microbes. African Health Sciences, 7(3), pp. 159-65.
Olaitan PB, Adeleke OE, Ola IO. Honey: a Reservoir for Microorganisms and an Inhibitory Agent for Microbes. Afr Health Sci. 2007;7(3):159-65. PubMed PMID: 18052870.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Honey: a reservoir for microorganisms and an inhibitory agent for microbes. AU - Olaitan,Peter B, AU - Adeleke,Olufemi E, AU - Ola,Iyabo O, PY - 2007/12/7/pubmed PY - 2008/12/17/medline PY - 2007/12/7/entrez SP - 159 EP - 65 JF - African health sciences JO - Afr Health Sci VL - 7 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: Honey is an ancient remedy for the treatment of infected wounds, which has recently been 'rediscovered' by the medical profession. The use to which honey is put in medical care is increasing daily with many authors pointing out its importance and role in wound care. There have been reports that honey contains many microorganisms including bacteria and fungi. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to highlight the various uses, organisms commonly found in honey, how the organisms arrived in the honey and their effects on wounds and wound care. Would the presence of these organisms not constitute a limiting factor to the use of honey in wound management? This is what this review aims to answer. METHODS: A literature search was done on honey using pubmed, google, local books and journals. Relevant journals were extracted and discussed with emphasis on the antimicrobial properties as well as microbial content of honey and the implications of these. RESULTS: The production of honey as well as the storing process account for the presence of microorganisims. Most of these organisms are said to be in inactive forms as they can hardly survive in honey because of its several properties including hygroscopicity, hyperosmolarity, acidity, peroxide content, antibiotic activities etc. However there is a need for caution in the use of honey in wound management. CONCLUSION: We suggest that wounds to be treated with honey should be investigated i.e with a swab for the microorganisms present on the wound and their sensitivity to the honey before commencing honey treatment. This will help in carefully selecting wounds that might do well with honey treatment not withstanding other properties of honey that aid wound healing. SN - 1729-0503 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18052870/Honey:_a_reservoir_for_microorganisms_and_an_inhibitory_agent_for_microbes_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/18052870/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -