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Honey for wound treatment — is it really effective?

Speaking of honey, when I was in the ICU being treated for a nasty case of cellulitis recently, the wound treatment included dressings that were soaked in “medical grade” honey. The physicians and nurses insisted that it was really good for wound healing — of course, I gave them the old Skeptical Raptor side-eye. I had to “do my own research” about it and find out if there was any science involved.

Well, there was a lot of science around honey being used for wound treatment, so that meant it wasn’t pseudoscientific woo, but there might be some science around it. I want to warn the reader that it’s not necessarily definitive that honey is effective for wound treatment, but the science seems to be building a consensus that it’s useful.

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