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Complement Ther Med. 2004 Mar;12(1):45-7.

An alternative treatment for pityriasis versicolor, tinea cruris, tinea corporis and tinea faciei with topical application of honey, olive oil and beeswax mixture: an open pilot study.

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Dubai Specialized Medical Center and Medical Research Laboratories, Islamic Establishment for Education, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. noori786@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the possible role of honey, olive oil and beeswax in the treatment of skin fungal infections.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Thirty-seven patients with pityriasis versicolor, tinea cruris, tinea corporis and tinea faciei were studied. After clinical evaluation of redness, scaling, pruritus and burning/pain sensation and mycological assessment, honey mixture containing honey, olive oil and beeswax (1:1:1) was applied to the lesions three times daily for a maximum of 4 weeks.

RESULTS:

Clinical response was obtained in 86% of patients with pityriasis versicolor, 78% of patients with tinea cruris and in 75% of patients with tinea corporis. Mycological cure was obtained in 75, 71 and 62% of patients with PV, tinea cruris and tinea corporis, respectively. The patient with tinea faciei showed clinical and mycological cure 3 weeks after commencement of therapy.

CONCLUSION:

Honey mixture may have place in the management of these skin conditions and rigorous, controlled trials are justified.

PMID:
15130571
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2004.01.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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