Saturday, February 28, 2009

Honey Used to Treat Yeast Infection

North Shore Revisits An Old Remedy for Wounds, 2/23/2009

Honey was used in ancient Egypt to heal wounds and is now making a comeback in the product Medihoney™, a highly absorbent, seaweed-based material saturated with manuka honey, which comes from beehives where nectar is collected from manuka and jelly bushes in Australia and New Zealand. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2007, the remedy was used to save the leg of a patient at North Shore University Hospital. A yeast infection had ulcerated the leg from the right knee to the ankle. A course of treatment with voriconozole, an antifungal drug, failed to fight off the bacterial superinfection, and a dressing was needed with antibacterial properties.

It was then that Mary Brennan, RN, a clinical nurse specialist, suggested using Medihoney™, produced by Princeton, N.J.-based Derma Sciences, Inc. Within a month of starting the treatment, the skin on the leg showed significant improvement, with reduced inflammation and eschar caused by bacterial infection.

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