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honey use in wound care, honey use in radiation mucositis, honey use on burns, honey use in acute wounds, honey use in chronic wounds



  1. Song, Jason J. MD, PhD
  2. Salcido, Richard MD


PURPOSE: To enhance the clinician's competence in interpretation of research studies related to use of honey for wound healing.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:


1. Relate the wound healing process to the antibiotic and anti-inflammatory mechanisms of honey.


2. Apply published study findings comparing honey to conventional dressings in clinical scenarios.





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.