Q. I have been using honey as an ointment to prevent and treat skin infections for years. Not only does it work for cuts and scrapes, but it also works on herpes cold sores, cutting down on the length and severity of the outbreak. It’s truly a miracle cure! As far as I can tell, any kind of honey is effective. It’s great stuff, and it tastes good, too.

A. Your use of honey sounds like an old-fashioned remedy for hard-to-heal wounds. Before antibiotics, doctors and nurses applied sugar to wounds. Dr. Richard Knutson, an orthopedic surgeon in Greenville, MS, has had good experience using sugar on wounds. We have also heard from Dr. Ron Caless, a plastic surgeon in Columbia, SC, that medical grade honey speeds wound healing, provided the wound is clean and not infected. Keep in mind that a serious wound requires medical attention.

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  1. Traci
    California
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    I’ve been using honey for years on burns (curling iron and such) and cuts. It’s amazing! Heals very fast and leaves minimal or NO scarring for me. Which is crazy because I bruise/scar easily.

  2. Cynthia R.
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    I would have never guessed that honey could be used to treat wounds. I have heard that clover honey has some anti-microbial properties but this is amazing. I guess it is kind of like natures disinfectant in a way.
    Cynthia

    • Karen
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      When you think about it, though, how else does honey stored by the bees is not spoiled? That their hives aren’t susceptible to fungi or bacteria? It makes total sense.

  3. BD
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    Have staph infection. Can I leave honey on sores all day uncovered?

  4. D O
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    About 8 years ago, I had a diabetic sore on the bottom of my foot. Didn’t heal for 17 months. It hurt but never infected. Applied honey, on suggestion from a veterinarian, from kitchen supply & covered with bandage. Within a couple of days the soreness was going away & within a couple of weeks the sore was healed with no trace. A few years later, got another sore on foot – infected. Used honey again. Within a week the infection & swelling gone. Found it also stops yeast infections on the skin.

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