How Honey Prevents Infections
A new treatment involving honey has its roots in the past, but under the name of bio-engineered Surgihoney, which has more disease fighting characteristics than the traditional nectar-based material, which has been used as a wound cure at least since the time of the Egyptians.
Surgihoney, the bioengineered super honey, is being tested in UK hospitals as a way to prevent MRSA and other infectious diseases that can affect patients following treatment. Hospital infections are very hard to treat and eliminate, since they are often persistant and can be located just about anywhere in your hospital room, hallways, or even the patient reception area.
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Reportedly, super honey has been tested on parties ranging from new moms to the most aged, and can be slathered on open wounds, cuts, ulcers, and sores. The Surgihoney is said to heal wounds within days, and cut infections, which means there are fewer complications and days in the hospital.
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Soures indicate that all honey has antibacterial aspects, but the bioengineered honey is designed to contain even more of the agents that prevent bacterial growth. Currently, Manuka Honey from New Zealand has the title of top listed honey for wound card, but Surgihoney apparently beats it. Foot and leg ulcers, often experienced by diabetics and the elderly, may be a candidate for home-based treatment since people can get instructions on how to apply the honey to a wound while still getting periodic medical treatment. While Surgihoney is licensed for UK hospital and medical use, it may be some time before it is officially listed in other nations, though it could potentially be sold as a supplement where this is legal.
Product information: Surgihoney was developed by Ian Staples, and is available in 10 gram "satchets" which we are assuming to be similar to the fast food packets of ketchup that you get with take-out. As a fair warning, you probably shouldn't go around applying regular honey to wounds except as a last resort since the stuff you get off the supermarket shelf may not have been pasteurized, or could contain everthing from bee parts to fungi that aren't harmful when you eat them, but could be bad near a wound. Also, the packets of "honey" you get from your local restaurant might just be flavored corn syrup.