Frequently Asked Questions on Honey Dressings


What are honey dressings?

Honey dressing is the oldest type of wound dressing. It is a biological dressing that possesses multiple bioactive components which expedite the healing procedure. Honey has physical properties which make it appropriate for wound dressing material. The honey used for medical purpose is sterilized.

What are the properties of honey dressings?

Honey dressing:

  • Contains 82% carbohydrate, enzymes and amino acid
  • Is antibacterial in nature
In what forms are honey dressings available?
  • Sheets
  • Gel
  • Ointments
How do honey dressings work?

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.

When can honey dressings be used?

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
How often should honey dressing be changed?

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.

What are the advantages of honey dressings?
Honey dressings:
  • Promote moist healing of wounds
  • Encourage autolytic debridement
  • Display antimicrobial activity