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How To Use MediHoney Dressing for Wound Healing

How To Use MediHoney Dressing for Wound Healing
Kevin Cleary

Reviewed by Registered Colorectal NurseReviewed by Christine Kijek, Registered Colorectal Nurse,

The Honey Wound Care Products 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. Today, we think of honey 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.

The Sweet Science Behind MediHoney Dressing

How the Medihoney Dressing Works for You

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!!

How to use Medihoney Dressing?

Medical grade honey (Manuka) is normally applied to the wound bed and covered with some form of bandage-like gauze.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Wear non-sterile hand gloves.
  3. Dry the wound and use a wound cleanser to clean the skin around the wound.
  4. Apply MediHoney Dressing either directly to the wound bed or onto a suitable primary dressing such as alginate, gauze pad, or island dressing.
  5. Cover with an appropriate gauze dressing.
  6. Use medical tape to secure the dressing in place.

Things You Need

  • MEDIHONEY Dressing
  • Sterile Saline Solution or Wound Cleanser
  • Gauze Roll and Gauze Pad
  • Scissors
  • Non-Sterile Gloves
  • Medical Tape

Creating an optimum environment for the wound bed can expedite healing and reduce discomfort. Derma Sciences MediHoney Dressings can be used in a wide variety of applications, from minor scrapes and abrasions to leg ulcers and burns.

Medihoney 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 format that can help those difficult-to-dress wounds that have a tendency to be stubborn. Let Mother Nature aid in the healing process!!

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  1. How long does it take manuka honey to heal a wound?

    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.

  2. Is Medihoney good for infection?

    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.

  3. When should MediHoney not be used?

    MediHoney is not indicated for people with allergy or sensitivity to honey and is not indicated for use in third-degree burns or to control heavy bleeding. 

  4. How long do you leave Medihoney Gel in the wound?

    According to an article by the National Library of Medicine, in stable wound care situations, the Medihoney dressing can be left in place for up to 7 days.

  5. How often to apply Medihoney Gel?

    The frequency of application can vary. Typically, Medihoney gel is applied once or twice a day, but your healthcare provider may recommend a different schedule based on the severity of the wound or skin condition.

  6. How do I remove Medihoney from my skin?

    Apply sterile saline solution or warm water around the edge of the dressing to loosen it. Slowly and carefully peel the gel away from the skin. Use wound cleanser and gauze to remove any remaining residue.


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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

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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