Which manuka honey is best for wounds?

The higher the UMF, the greater the antibacterial activity, as well as the price. The research found that wounds treated with UMF 20 honey daily for as little as 12 days healed faster than wounds treated with regular honey and untreated wounds.

What type of dressing is Manuka honey?

Actilite is a light viscose net dressing coated with antibacterial Manuka honey & Manuka oil. The dressing is designed to protect the wound, promote healing and allow the passage of exudate. The antibacterial effect of Actilite has been enhanced by combining high grade antibacterial Manuka oil with Manuka honey.

Can I use Manuka honey on an open wound?

Manuka honey has been shown to be especially useful against antibiotic-resistant bacteria [12,36]. The many functions of Manuka honey thus not only clear wound debris, maintain hydration, control inflammation, and stimulate healing, but also sterilize the wound.

Is Manuka honey dressing good for burns?

Manuka honey has natural healing and antioxidant properties that make it the perfect burn balm. Research shows that when applied to the skin, high-grade Manuka honey helps prevent infection, provides soothing relief and speeds natural wound repair.

How often should I change manuka honey dressing?

Dressings are usually changed once a day, but with heavily exuding or infected wounds they may initially need to be changed up to three times a day. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action of honey will reduce the amount of exudate, so within a few days the dressings should need to be changed less frequently.

How long do you leave honey on a wound?

Although there are several Cochrane reviews that withhold hearty endorsement of honey in wound care due to questionable aspects of the research, honey use is often considered to be “alternative” medicine. Should its use be considered for wound and skin care within 24 hours to up to 5 days.

Does honey speed up healing?

Honey has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a wound dressing to promote rapid and improved healing. These effects are due to honey’s anti-bacterial action, secondary to its high acidity, osmotic effect, anti-oxidant content and hydrogen peroxide content.

How do you use Manuka honey on an open wound?

Tips for applying honey on wounds

  1. Always start with clean hands and applicators, such as sterile gauze and cotton tips.
  2. Apply the honey to a dressing first, then apply the dressing to the skin.
  3. Place a clean, dry dressing over the honey.
  4. Replace the dressing when drainage from the wound saturates the dressing.

How often should you change Manuka honey dressing?

What number should Manuka honey be?

For a quick comparison of the numbers and uses see the Manuka honey ratings table below.

Strength MGO Approx UMF equiv.
Low 30+ n/a
Mild 100+ UMF 5+
Medium 200+ UMF 8+
High 500+ UMF 15+