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What is Honey Dressing?

For centuries now, honey has been used in wound healing as a topical antibacterial agent. Honey wound dressings are biologic wound dressings with multiple bioactivities which promote healing. Research has shown that honey is immensely therapeutic with an enhanced rate of healing. Medical grade honey is found to work against bacteria and fungi by creating a moist healing environment that is antibacterial in nature. However, not all types of honey are recommended dressing options. Manuka honey is known to be most therapeutic in nature and received US FDA approval in 2007 as a wound treatment option.

Features of Honey Wound Care Products

  • Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
  • Encourage autolytic debridement
  • Reduces swelling and pain
  • Provides a moist wound environment
  • Effective on malodorous wounds
  • Reduces permanent scarring

Manuka Honey Dressing Benefits

  • Hydrogen Peroxide - Hydrogen Peroxide provides the antibiotics found in most honey as well as Medihoney
  • Methylglyoxal - The main antibacterial component in Manuka honey is derived from the conversion of dihydroxyacetone found in the flowers of Manuka-tree
  • Sterile - Medihoney is sterilized and prepared as a dressing applied directly to the wound.
  • No Superbug - Use of Medihoney does not create these anti-biotic resistant strains or superbugs

Types of Medical Grade Honey Dressings

Honey dressings for wound care are available with different features. You can choose from absorbent honey dressings, adherent honey dressings, alginate honey dressings, non-adherent ney dressings honey dressings and wound filler honey dressings.
Base your selection on the following factors:
  • Location of the wound
  • Exudate volume - whether minimal, moderate or high
  • Skin condition – whether healthy or fragile
  • Whether to be used under compression
  • Whether there is an infection
There are several popular manufacturers which produce high-quality honey wound dressings. These include Dumex/Derma Sciences, Medline Industries, and Manukamed which offer trusted brands like MEDIHONEY and TheraHoney.

The Derma Medihoney calcium alginate dressing has 95% active Manuka honey which forms a gel on coming in contact with wound exudate. This dressing type can be used in all stages of wound healing. The TheraHoney Gauze honey sheet dressing from Medline has 100% sterile and medical-grade Manuka honey. It allows exudate to pass into a secondary dressing and can be used for wounds with any drainage level.

How Does Medihoney Dressing Work?

When honey comes in contact with wound exudate, it gets diluted and releases hydrogen peroxide which has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Honey is also found to trigger lymphocytic and phagocytic activities which are important body immune responses against infection.
Honey dressings for wounds help in autolytic debridement by removing necrotic tissues from the wound bed. They make dressing changes painless and do not disturb tissue growth thus allowing healing to continue unabated. These dressings are found to be effective on hard-to-heal wounds and reduce inflammation and swelling. Honey wound dressings also control unpleasant odors from malodorous wounds.

Does Honey Have Wound Healing Properties?

Honey has bioactive components that can help in wound healing. For healing wounds, honey provides the following benefits:
  • Acidic pH - Honey Contains acidic pH (between 3.2 and 4.4) that promotes wound healing when applied to the wounds. Acidic pH help promote the release of oxygen from the blood, which is necessary for wound healing. An acidic pH also decreases the protease enzyme that slower the wound healing process.
  • Sugar - Sugar substances in honey has osmotic effects. osmotic effect draw liquid from the injured tissues that will help decrease the swelling of the wound and also promotes lymph flow.
  • Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory Properties – Honey has antibacterial property that help reduce the growth of bacteria on the wound. Its anti-inflammatory effect reduces inflammation such as swelling, redness, and pain.

What are Honey Dressings used for?

Honey dressings are found to effectively treat burn wounds, bacterial infections and pressure ulcers. Medical grade honey can be used in skin graft fixation while Manuka honey is found to be effective on venous ulcers with a lot of slough. Honey Dressings are used for -
  • Superficial burn/first-degree burn
  • Surgical/post-operative wounds
  • Venous ulcers/foot/leg ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Partial-thickness burn /second-degree burn
  • Acute/traumatic wounds
  • Donor sites
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Partial-thickness wound
  • Full-thickness wound
  • Laceration/abrasion

Contraindications of Honey Dressings

It is recommended not to use honey dressings for diabetic foot ulcers. Also, those with allergies to pollen, honey or bee venom should not opt for honey dressings for wound.

How Often Should Medi Honey Dressings be Changed?

Dressing change will depend on the levels of exudates. Usually, dressings are changed once a day. For heavy exudate or contaminated wounds, the dressing can initially be changed up to 3 times a day. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects reduce the dressing change frequency.

Why choose Manuka Honey Dressings?

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Where to Buy Honey Dressings for Wound Care Online?

At HPFY, we have a wide range of premium honey dressings imbued with manuka honey for excellent wound healing. These dressings provide great antibacterial action while enhancing the speed of healing at affordable prices. Such as - Derma Sciences Medihoney Paste Wound and Burn Dressing & Derma Sciences Medihoney Calcium Alginate Dressing.

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Frequently asked questions

Honey dressings are the oldest type of wound treatment which possesses multiple bioactive components to expedite the healing process. The honey used for medical purposes is sterilized.

Honey dressing:

  • Contains 82% carbohydrate, enzymes and amino acid
  • Is antibacterial in nature

  • Sheets
  • Gel
  • Ointments

When applied to the wound, certain chemicals within the honey kill the bacteria and fungus. Honey acts as a moisture barrier not allowing the dressing to stick to the skin. Honey also transfers nutrients and other chemicals into the wound site to accelerate healing.

Honey can be used as a topical antibacterial agent for treating infections in many wound types. These include:

  • Wound healing
  • Burns
  • Leg ulcers
  • Sunburn
  • Infected wounds resulting from injury or surgery
  • Diabetic foot ulcers

Honey dressings can be changed within 24-48 hours. But in certain cases it is left in place for up to 25 days. It is advisable to inspect the dressing every two days for faster healing.

Honey dressings:
  • Promote moist healing of wounds
  • Encourage autolytic debridement
  • Display antimicrobial activity