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J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2016 Apr;49(2):161-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jmii.2015.01.009. Epub 2015 Jan 30.

Honey: A realistic antimicrobial for disorders of the skin.

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1
Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan.
2
Dietetics, Nutrition, and Biological Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom.
3
Dietetics, Nutrition, and Biological Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. Electronic address: lfyfe@qmu.ac.uk.

Abstract

Resistance of pathogenic microorganisms to antibiotics is a serious global health concern. In this review, research investigating the antimicrobial properties of honeys from around the world against skin relevant microbes is evaluated. A plethora of in vitro studies have revealed that honeys from all over the world have potent microbicidal activity against dermatologically important microbes. Moreover, in vitro studies have shown that honey can reduce microbial pathogenicity as well as reverse antimicrobial resistance. Studies investigating the antimicrobial properties of honey in vivo have been more controversial. It is evident that innovative research is required to exploit the antimicrobial properties of honey for clinical use and to determine the efficacy of honey in the treatment of a range of skin disorders with a microbiological etiology.

KEYWORDS:

Antimicrobial; Dermatology; Honey; Wound infections

PMID:
25732699
DOI:
10.1016/j.jmii.2015.01.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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