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Anyone use medihoney?

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by retiredlady retiredlady (Member)

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What results have you seen using medihoney for wounds, especially diabetic heel ulcers? Does it work very well? How long does a wound take to heal with it?

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OhBoy123 has 1 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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We put medihoney on just about every wound I see. Literally. Wound nurses LOVE medihoney. Downside is it's very, very expensive from what I hear.

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nursynurseRN has 12 years experience and works as a RN.

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Our infectious disease doctor orders for wounds all the time. I work in acute care so I don't really see any immediate results from it but I hear it does miracles!

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bewitched has 4 years experience and works as a Assistant Nurse Manager.

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I've never heard of this but my M-I-L has a non-healing post-surgical wound on one of her ankles from Achilles Tendon surgery. This surgery was a year and a half ago and it just doesn't want to close up completely. I looked at MediHoney's website and ordered some samples, and she's going to see if that's something her doctor might prescribe. They were just about to consider plastic surgery to try and close the wound up, but if she can avoid another surgery by using this product it would be great... Does it really work as well as the company claims?

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Hi OhBoy123,

Where are you based? Medihoney is great value, I don't know where or how someone could say it is expensive. And it works! There are various forms of it, from 100% sterile Medihoney in a tube, to anther tube product which is a gel-like product, a little more viscous. But what we find great is the Medihoney Alginate and Medihoney Tulle Wound Dressings, which have something like 90-95% Medihoney in them. They are flat Dressings, which allows for cutting to size and shape for the wound.

In the UK, all of them are on the Drug Tariff, so totally affordable.

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I have spoken to Nurses who have used it and swear by it. There are clear indications for each type of Dressing (I just looked up www.dermasciences.com ), as Medihoney comes in the raw Honey tube and a Gel, but also as various flat Wound Dressings. It depends on how infected and/or necrotic/sloughy the wound is. The worse the wound, the more Honey is required. So if only a flat dressing will fit in the wound space (especially for leg ulcers), then use the Alginate (in the UK it is called Apinate) Wound dressing, as it has 95% Medihoney.

It must be cut to the size of the wound, as the high osmolarity of the Honey which results in drawing away of excess fluid in/or around the wound may cause the surrounding skin to excoriate.

The Honey will result in a lot of wound exudate being soaked away from the wound, so it must be covered with a highly absorbent wound dressing/pad, which is then held in place by a bandage or gauze. If the Wound is quite dirty/exudating, then the dressing needs to be changed maybe daily or every second day for the first week or so..........until the exudate reduces. Granulation is amazing with this Medihoney, as it has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as stimulating the immune response to heal.

I'll find out more about which wounds and post - let's share more on this.

Thanks

MGTK

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I have seen and read that the wound will look worse in the initial healing process when first using MediHoney. My wound is darker with less than a week of use but seems to be filling in very good after two years of surgery with very little progress. There is no more drainage. There is no smell of infection. Should I be concerned about the dark color right now. My doctor wants to operate again after two surgeries already. He is not a fan of any type of natural healing processes.

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I have used Medihoney for over 2 years on a badly broken ankle that has a plate w/ 6 screws. Not only has Medihoney promoted healing and kept infection at bay, but continues to do so. Initially the bandage was changed daily by a nurse(s), then 3 times a week,getting better looking all the time, and has continued despite my doing my own bandaging for almost a year. Now it is time to have the hardware removed and the wound to finally be allowed to close up. I will continue to use Medihoney through that healing process unless I find a better and more convenient replacement. Maybe Brazilian Red honey.

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crazin01 has 7 years experience and works as a RN.

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(I know this is years old but...)

I recently had a nasty abscess, bug bite/ blister for on left hand, between 2 & 3rd fingers. My first office visit, they (CRNP, PA & office RN) said they could see my tendon and prolly the bone, if they would play around and get a good angle. Ordered medihoney dressing changes 2-3 days, or PRN. I have never heard of medihoney and felt like a idiot when fellow nurses said it's been around quite awhile and is quite good.

But that is some GOOD stuff. I honestly thought it'd be 8+ weeks til completely healed over (and my employer required no wound/skin integrity issues, even

with covering site, doubling up gloves etc etc. the only downside is the mess if using the paste. I've found that cutting tubes to get all of it out and into a clear CVS vial helps significantly when it comes time to do dressing changes.

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Stella_Blue works as a RN.

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I have a bottle in my cabinet right now and that stuff is MAGIG! I mainly use it for burns, but I once cut myself pretty bad with a brand new very sharp knife. That stuff had it healed up in no time. I've also been told it is MRSA resistant.

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