Frequently Asked Questions on Honey Dressing

Honey Dressing
Can Manuka honey dressings be used on diabetic patients?
While there is no known case of honey influencing blood glucose levels adversely, it is recommended that the blood sugar levels of patients with diabetes are monitored when using honey.
What are the contra indications for honey dressings?
Known allergy to bee-venom. Although no known instance of increased levels of blood sugar in patients with diabetes, but it is advisable to closely monitor the levels. Increased pain may be experienced due to acidification.
For how long can the honey dressings be left on the wound?
The dressings can be left in place for up to seven days. Again, this would depend on the exudate levels produced by the wound and the appearance of the dressing. As long as the dressing has maintained its original color (the honey is present), it can remain in situ.
What honey is used in Medihoney products and why?
Medihoney range products contain Medihoney Antibacterial Manuka Honey. This is a standardised medical grade of antibacterial honey from the Leptospermum species commonly known as Manuka. This honey is produced to exacting quality standards and is controlled against a rigorous set of standards to ensure the consistency, efficacy and integrity of every batch. It comes from a traceable source and is free of pesticides and antibiotics
Why should I use Medihoney products?
MedihoneyTM products can be used for a wide range of skin conditions:
• Burns
• Cuts and grazes
• General wounds
• Leg and foot ulcers
• To reduce the risk of infections
Can I use Manuka honey in a jar on my wounds?
No. Manuka honey that is purchased in a jar is for oral/internal use only. Wounds, cuts and scratches or broken skin should only be treated with sterilized honey. Therefore, it is recommended that medical grade antibacterial Manuka honey should be used for such conditions.
If I am allergic to bee stings, can I still use Medihoney products?
Yes. Bee sting allergies are a reaction to the bee venom. Honey is a bee product but is very different to bee venom. Honey is a combination of nectar from flowers and enzymes from the bee. If you are unsure or have life-threatening allergies, you should check with your healthcare professional.
Can I use Medihoney products if I am allergic to honey or pollen?
True, honey allergy is very rare but it is a recognized allergy. The cause of honey allergy is not exactly known but it is thought to be caused by pollen or other minor constituents of honey. If someone suspects they have an allergy to honey we would advise them to consult their healthcare professional before using Medihoney products.
Why does honey sometimes cause pain when applied to wounds?
Due to the properties of honey some people may experience discomfort such as a stinging or drawing sensation upon application. This will subside over time. If discomfort is of an unacceptable level, remove the dressing and wash the affected area.

Honey has a low pH which can be responsible for the stinging sensation. Honey also has a very high sugar and low water content. Excess fluid from the wound is drawn towards the honey which can cause a drawing or slight throbbing sensation.
What is the difference between Medihoney Antibacterial Medical Honey and Medihoney Antibacterial Wound Gel?
Medihoney Antibacterial Medical Honey is 100% Medical Grade Manuka Honey whereas Medihoney Antibacterial Wound Gel contains 80% Medical Grade Manuka Honey and natural wax (derived from plant based raw materials) to thicken the product for easier application.

Medihoney Antibacterial Wound Gel is not recommended for use in deep wounds i.e. if the bottom of the wounds cannot be seen, where the removal of the protective wax layer may be difficult.
Can I use Medihoney first aid products on leg ulcers?
Yes, Medihoney Antibacterial Medical Honey and Medihoney Antibacterial Wound Gel are suitable for use on leg ulcers. Serious wounds should be managed under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
What are the white flakes that are on my wound when I take the Medihoney Antibacterial Wound Gel dressing off?
Medihoney Antibacterial Wound Gel contains a natural wax and this can sometimes leave a protective layer on the skin. The wax can be easily washed away with warm water.
How often should I change the dressing when using Medihoney dressings?
Reapplication and dressing changes should be carried out daily or as directed by a healthcare professional. If there is wound fluid present, then more frequent reapplication of the product and dressing changes may be required. The maximum length of time that the dressing may be left in place for is seven days.