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Oman Med J. 2014 Jul;29(4):255-9. doi: 10.5001/omj.2014.68.

The effect of honey gel on abdominal wound healing in cesarean section: a triple blind randomized clinical trial.

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1
MSc of Midwifery, Department of Midwifery, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.
2
M.Sc. of Midwifery, Department of Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences Address: School of Nursing & Midwifery, Vesal st., Amir Mazandarani Boulevard, Sari, Iran.
3
PhD of Pharmacognosy, Department of Pharmacognosy, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran.
4
MD, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Amol Hospital, Amol, Iran.
5
BSc of Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess whether honey can accelerate the wound healing in women undergoing cesarean section.

METHODS:

This was a triple blinded randomized prospective clinical trial. Women with cesarean section were randomly designated as drug (37 cases) and placebo (38 cases) groups. The drug group received local honey gel 25% while the placebo group received similar free-honey gel on abdominal cesarean incision twice a day for 14 days. REEDA scale (Redness, Edema, Ecchymosis, Discharge and Approximation of wound edges) was used to assess wound healing.

RESULTS:

The mean REEDA was 2.27 ± 2.46 and 3.91 ± 2.74 (p=0.008) on the 7(th) day and 0.47 ± 0.84 and 1.59± 1.95 (p=0.002) on the 14(th) day for the drug and placebo groups, respectively. Redness, edema and hematoma in the drug group were significantly lower on the 7(th) and 14(th) days.

CONCLUSION:

Honey was effective in healing the cesarean section incision. Using topical honey is suggested as a natural product with rare side effects in order to reduce the complications of cesarean wounds.

KEYWORDS:

Cesarean; Healing; Honey; Incision; Wound

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