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Am J Otolaryngol. 2018 Nov - Dec;39(6):759-763. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2018.09.007. Epub 2018 Sep 12.

Honey can help in herpes simplex gingivostomatitis in children: Prospective randomized double blind placebo controlled clinical trial.

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1
Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Department, Minia University Hospital, Minia, Egypt. Electronic address: Usama.abdelnabi@mu.edu.eg.
2
Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Department, Minia University Hospital, Minia, Egypt.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Herpes simplex gingivostomatitis (HSGS) in children is a common painful infectious disease. This study aims to examine the combined efficacy of honey with acyclovir suspension compared to acyclovir alone for treating HSGS in young children.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

This Randomized double blind placebo controlled study was conducted from June 2015 to September 2017 in a tertiary referral hospital. One hundred children aged 2-8 years with HSGS were randomly classified into 2 groups; study group: treated with honey plus oral acyclovir and control group: treated with oral acyclovir alone. Severity of oral lesions, Fever, eating and drinking ability, pain scores and need for analgesics were compared between 2 groups on day 3, 5 and 7 after starting treatment.

RESULTS:

Children receiving honey plus acyclovir (i.e. study group) had significantly earlier disappearance of herpetic oral lesions; median 3 days vs. 6 days in control group (P = 0.022), drooling; 2 days vs. 4 days (P = 0.030) and eating difficulty; 3 days vs. 8 days (P = 0.001). Study group also had significantly lower pain scores, better eating and drinking ability and significantly less need for analgesics at 3 time-points of assessment. Fever disappeared in both groups with no statistically significant difference.

CONCLUSIONS:

The combined use of honey with oral acyclovir can produce favorable outcome than acyclovir alone in children with Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis.

PMID:
30227969
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjoto.2018.09.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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