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Adv Skin Wound Care. 2011 Jan;24(1):40-4; quiz 45-6. doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000392731.34723.06.

Use of honey in wound care: an update.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.


The therapeutic use of honey in wound care has been used since ancient times. Honey has been shown to have antibacterial properties in vitro and animal studies have demonstrated accelerated wound healing with the use of honey. In human trials, there is currently not enough strong evidence to fully support the use of honey in wound care; however, use in minor burns and prevention of radiation mucositis appear to be 2 areas where honey shows therapeutic promise.

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