Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Research Note: Topical Honey for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Jennifer J. Eddy, MD; Mark D. Gideonsen, MD
University of Wisconsin Medical School, Eau Claire
The Journal of Family Practice, June 2005

Course of Treatment with Honey

Once-daily, thick applications of ordinary honey purchased at a supermarket were smeared on gauze 4x4s and placed on the wounds, which were then wrapped. Oral antibiotics and saline dressings were discontinued, but otherwise treatment was unchanged. Since the patient’s family purchased and applied the honey, the cost of this therapy was merely that of the dressings. Dressing changes were painless and the serum glucose remained in excellent control.

Granulation tissue appeared within 2 weeks; in 6 to 12 months the ulcers resolved. Two years later, the ulcers have not recurred; the patient ambulates with a walker and reports improved quality-of-life. (Read More)

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