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Why are Manuka honey dressings superior to other wound dressings?

 
Manuka Honey when applied as a dressing on a wound has features that are different from other dressings.

A safe, moist environment for the healing process
Most modern wound dressings attempt to create a moist wound environment. The downside is that moist conditions provide opportunity for bacterial growth in the wound. Because of Manuka Honey’s antibacterial properties you eliminate the risk of any bacterial growth in moist conditions.

Safe, painless dressing removal
Manuka Honey, when applied as a dressing, will not stick to a wound. If a dressing sticks to a wound it will rip away any new healing skin growth, opening the wound again and causing pain. Manuka Honey draws out fluid from the wound, providing a thin layer of diluted honey that won’t stick to the wound. Hence, when a dressing is removed, the new layer of skin remains intact.

A natural aid to the healing process
• Stimulation of the white blood cells that fight infection
• Anti-inflammatory action
• Soothing effect on a painful wound

The anti-inflammatory activity of Manuka Honey
If a dressing is good enough to handle the fluid without the honey getting flushed away the anti-inflammatory activity of Manuka honey will very quickly cut down the amount of fluid reducing the need to change the dressing as frequently. Perhaps daily for the first day or two, then maybe every three days and if a dressing is still required after a week you may only need to change it once a week.

The anti-bacterial activity of Manuka Honey
The natural properties of Manuka honey on bacteria stops the production of the bad smelling compounds and helps prevent the offensive smell that you sometimes get from bacterial action in a wound.

That antibacterial activity works on all types of bacterial activity that may be affecting a wound, even the ‘super bugs’ the multi-resistant MRSA and BRE. Hence a big advantage when using it as a wound dressing you don’t necessarily need to know what species is causing the infection.

Find more information on Dr. Peter Molan’s Manuka Honey research here.