Q. I was suffering from severe diabetes-induced osteomyelitis (bone infection with open ulcers) on my foot. I was prescribed Medihoney to treat the ulcer.
This is a waxy sheet of honey that you cut to the size of the wound before applying the bandage. It was soothing and worked to reduce the infection and help heal my foot.
With this treatment and subsequent hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments, the ulcer healed and I didn’t require an amputation.
A. We are delighted to learn that treatment with medicinal honey from New Zealand (Medihoney) helped heal your skin ulcers. There is research supporting the use of this product for wound care (Spinal Cord, Feb, 2012; Journal of Clinical Nursing, Feb. 2009).
Other research has shown that sugar can also help speed wound healing. You may be interested in our interview with Dr. Richard A. Knutson, an orthopedic surgeon who has treated about 7,000 wounds in this manner. His original work on sugar to dress wounds was published in the Southern Medical Journal in Nov. 1981.