Monday, October 08, 2007

Honey Effective in Preventing Ichthyosis Skin Infections

Therapeutic Effect of Dimocarpus Longan Lour Honey on Ichthyosis Patients
SIU-WAN IP, Professor Department of Nutrition and Biotechnology, China Medical University Taichung City, 40402, Taiwan

[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of abstracts from the 1st International Conference on the Medicinal Uses of Honey (From Hive to Therapy) held by Universiti Sains Malaysia in August of 2006. The abstracts have been published by the Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences (Vol.14 No.1, January 2007).]

Background: Ichthyosis is a group of skin disorders of keratinisation in which the skin is extremely dry and scany. Ichthyosis often invades joints and may cause human joints deformities because of severe skin infections. The objective of this study is to investigate the therapeutic effect of Dimocarpus Longan Lour. Honey on Ichthyosis patients.

Patients & Methods: Four Ichthyosis patients were selected in this study. Dimocarpus Longan Lour Honey 30ml was applied to the skin lesions every 12 hours. Also, Dimocarpus Longan Lour. Honey 20ml, per oral, every six hours for 16 weeks.

Main Results: After 16 weeks of local application and oral administration of Dimocarpus Longan Lour. Honey, patients found that their skin lesions of Ichthyosis were greatly improved.

Conclusions: Topical application and oral administration of Dimocarpus Longan Lour. Honey can provide a first line defense against wide spectrum of pathogens in Ichthyosis patients. The results of this study indicate Dimocarpus Longan Lour. Honey is an effective antimicrobial agent in preventing skin infections in Ichthyosis patients.

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