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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 119

Honey vs. silver sulphadiazine

Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

Date of Web Publication3-Jun-2010

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Viroj Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand - 10160
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0358.63947

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I read the recent publication by Baghel et al. on wound healing in burn patients with great interest. [1] Bahgel et al. concluded that "Honey dressing improves wound healing, makes the wound sterile in lesser time, has a better outcome in terms of prevention of hypertrophic scarring and post-burn contractures, and decreases the need of debridement irrespective of time of admission, when compared to SSD dressing". [1] Indeed, several reports confirm the possibility of using honey dressing for burn patients. [2],[3] However, according to the meta-analysis, it is shown that "Honey dressings as an adjuvant to compression do not significantly increase leg ulcer healing at 12 weeks. There is insufficient evidence to guide clinical practice in other areas". [3] The main flaw of the report by Baghel et al. is the lack of a matched control group in the study. [1] In addition, an important problem to be concerned is the sterility of the honey. The contamination of Clostridium should not be overlooked. [4]

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1.Baghel PS, Shukla S, Mathur RK, Randa R. A comparative study to evaluate the effect of honey dressing and silver sulfadiazene dressing on wound healing in burn patients. Indian J Plast Surg 2009;42:176-81.  Back to cited text no. 1  [PUBMED]  Medknow Journal  
2.Wijesinghe M, Weatherall M, Perrin K, Beasley R. Honey in the treatment of burns: A systematic review and meta-analysis of its efficacy. N Z Med J 2009;122:47-60.   Back to cited text no. 2      
3.Jull AB, Rodgers A, Walker N. Honey as a topical treatment for wounds. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008;8:CD005083.  Back to cited text no. 3      
4.Bogdanov S, Jurendic T, Sieber R, Gallmann P. Honey for nutrition and health: A review. J Am Coll Nutr 2008;27:677-89.  Back to cited text no. 4  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]  

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