People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing foot ulcers. These ulcers occur as a result of excessive pressure on one portion of the foot and vascular compromise secondary to diabetes. Diabetic foot ulcers are treated through a process known as debridement, in which the skin around the wound is cleaned and cut away so that the ulcer can be cleaned. After the ulcer is cleaned, it is placed in a medicated bandage. Honey is known to have antibiotic properties, but are they applicable to this situation?
Nature’s Antibiotic Sure is Fast
Researchers tested this idea on a group of 63 diabetic foot ulcer patients, 32 of whom were given bandages coated in Manuka honey. Within a week, nearly 80 percent of the ulcers treated with honey were no longer infected, compared to only 35 percent of the ulcers treated conventionally. This pattern continued over the course of six weeks. While the honey provided for a speedier healing, it did not offer any advantages in the quality of healing compared to conventional medications. The researchers would also like to point out that additional studies will be necessary before honey can be considered for widespread treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.
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