- Feb 12, 2007
Using Honey To Heal A Wound
Steps on how to apply honey to the wound for healing is cross-posted from a hubpages.com article (click here to read if all) by Patty Inglish.
The findings of the Waikato University Honey Research Unit, the Ohio State University, OhioHealth System, and Mt. Carmel Health:
Wash the wound with sterile water or saline. Spread the honey on a thick or multi-layered cotton-gauze pad, not on the wound itself, because this is more efficient. In New Zealand, you can purchase ready-soaked honey pads - cut them a bit larger than the wound area for complete treatment. The more fluids are oozing from the wound, the more honey you need to use and the more often you must change the dressings. Dilution of the honey kills its effectiveness. In the UK, Activon Tulle pads are available.
For most wounds, use about 1 ounce of honey on a 4" X 4" gauze dressing pad. If you use a 8" x 8" pad, you will need at least 4 oz. of honey. In this larger a wound, see your doctor as soon as possible. A 4" x 8" pad requires 2 oz. of honey.
In case of an abscess, a depression, or a hole in the tissue, a) fill that area with honey first and then b) place a honey-prepared pad over top of it. COnsult a doctor as soon as possible in these cases.
Cover the honeyed pad that is on the wound with a waterproof covering, such as a larger adhesive bandage. Cover this all with a plastic bag if you need protest it while showering or bathing, or if you will be in the rain, washing dishes, etc.
Check the wound ever 3-4 hours and changes change dressing daily, up to three times in a day early on. Check the dressings to make sure they are stillmoist and not too dry. A dressing that sticks to the wound means that you need to change it more often. Discard old dressings in such a manner as children and pets will not have access to them.
As the honey works, you should need less frequent dressing changes because of its anti-inflammatory action that reduced the amount of fluids oozed from the wound in infection defense. You may go from 2 dressings daily down to one, then down to one every 2 days, then 1 twice a week, and so on until healing is completed.
Watch for Adverse Effects
Allergic reactions to honey can occur because of a specific allergy to a specific pollen in the honey. These pollens are almost always filtered out via filters in wound-treatment honey. Occasionally, a slight stining sensation results from honey used in the eyes as a salve.
Additionally, food-honeys may contain spores. For wound treatment, use gamma-irradiated honey that you can purchase, unless you need to stop a large wound in an emergency and pressure alone is not working. Use your best judgment in this decision.
If the wound victim is allergic to bee stings, consult a physician before attempting to use honey on a wound.
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