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J Dermatolog Treat. 2001 Mar;12(1):33-6.

Healing of an MRSA-colonized, hydroxyurea-induced leg ulcer with honey.

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  • 1Wound Healing Research Unit, University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff, UK. subramanian_natarajan@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

With the everincreasing emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, in particular methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in leg ulcers, a means of reducing the bacterial bioburden of such ulcers, other than by the use of either topical or systemic antibiotics, is urgently required.

METHODS:

We report the case of an immunosuppressed patient who developed a hydroxyurea-induced leg ulcer with subclinical MRSA infection which was subsequently treated with topical application of manuka honey, without cessation of hydroxyurea or cyclosporin.

RESULTS:

MRSA was eradicated from the ulcer and rapid healing was successfully achieved.

CONCLUSION:

Honey is recognized to have antibacterial properties, and can also promote effective wound healing. A traditional therapy, therefore, appears to have enormous potential in solving new problems.

PMID:
12171686
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