Reviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse
The Honey Dressings provide special, unique healing properties for a variety of wounds, from those with no drainage to wounds with moderate drainage.
The science of wound care has been around since man walked upright. Some methods have survived the test of time, and the use of honey is one of them. We think of honey today as just a sweetener, but there is science behind the concept. These honey wound dressings use this “ancient science” to create an ideal environment for wounds to heal properly and promote natural autolytic debridement. By optimizing the healing environment, our bodies can repair themselves quicker and with less potential infection and discomfort.
So how exactly is something we sweeten our tea with going to help heal our wounds? First of all, medical grade honey is made from 100% Manuka honey that comes from the pollen and nectar of the Leptospurmum Scoparium plant that is found in New Zealand. Honey can help neutralize the pH level of a wound bed, therefore minimizing surviving bacteria in the wound. Obviously, with fewer bacteria in the wound bed, the risk of infection is minimized. Research suggests that not only does honey have antibacterial properties, it can also promote the production of cells that can repair infected tissue. One product of this medicinal honey is hydrogen peroxide, which, as we all know, is great for cleaning wounds, but there are other compounds found in honey to help with healing. Methylglyoxal is a compound found in honey that has antibacterial properties and is derived from the conversion of dihydroxyacetone, which is found in the nectar of Manuka flowers. Once again, nature is to the rescue!!
Medical grade honey (Manuka) is normally applied to the wound bed and covered with some form of bandage-like gauze, and the Derma Sciences Medihoney Gel Wound and Burn Dressing is no different.
Creating an optimum environment for the wound bed can expedite healing and reduce discomfort. Derma Sciences MediHoney Wound Gel can be used in a wide variety of applications, from minor scrapes and abrasions to leg ulcers and burns.
Indicated for wounds with moderate to no drainage, this honey gel uses natural means to help difficult-to-dress wounds heal. Using the natural autolytic debridement ability of 100% Manuka honey comes in an easy-to-apply gel format that can help those difficult-to-dress wounds that have a tendency to be stubborn. Let Mother Nature aid in the healing process!!
Several studies have shown that the difference in the type of wounds has made it impossible to draw exact overall conclusions about the effects of manuka honey on healing. However, there has been strong evidence that honey heals burns around 4 to 5 days more quickly than regular dressings.
MediHoney wound gel was chosen as an antibacterial product effective against Pseudomonas aureus, methicillin-resistant Staph aureus, and Staphylococcus aureus and has debriding, moist wound healing and odor control capabilities.
The key properties of MediHoney offer you versatility and performance to support your wound management goals. Moreover, it aids and promotes autolytic debridement and the removal of non-viable tissue from the wound environment.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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