Honey with its high concentration of sugar constitute a hyperosmotic medium with antimicrobial properties. It contains different enzymes, including glucose-oxidase that generates hydrogen peroxide and gluconic acid in the presence of glucose and water. The viscosity and the hygroscopic qualities of honey permits its even spread on the wound bed, creating a favourable environment for wound healing. With these properties, honey when adequately prepared, is an efficient treatment of chronic wounds of the lower leg and also of abdominal wounds.
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