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Indian Journal of Surgery

, Volume 77, Supplement 3, pp 1496–1496 | Cite as

Honey Dressing vs. Povidone Iodine Dressing

Letter to the Editor

Keywords

Public Health Infectious Disease Iodine Cardiac Surgery Antibacterial Activity 
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Dear editor, we would like to discuss on the publication on “Honey Dressing vs. Povidone Iodine Dressing [1].” Gulati et al. concluded that “Honey dressing is highly effective in achieving healing in chronic wounds as compared to Povidone iodine dressing [1].” In fact, the usefulness of honey in wound care is acceptable and honey is widely used. It is approved for the antibacterial activity and proposed to be a good therapeutic agent for infectious diseases [2]. However, the important consideration is the possible contamination of honey. Honey is reported for high contamination by Clostridium pathogen that can cause botulism [3]. To use honey in surgery, good preparation and sanitation control is needed.

References

  1. 1.
    Gulati S, Qureshi A, Srivastava A, Kataria K, Kumar P, Ji AB (2014) A Prospective Randomized Study to Compare the Effectiveness of Honey Dressing vs. Povidone Iodine Dressing in Chronic Wound Healing. Indian J Surg 76(3):193–198CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Yassin NA (2013) Honey as therapeutic agent for infectious diseases. Diag Ther Stud 2(3):43–50Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    de Centorbi OP, Satorres SE, Alcaraz LE, Centorbi HJ, Fernández R (1997) Detection of Clostridium botulinum spores in honey. Rev Argent Microbiol 29(3):147–151PubMedGoogle Scholar

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© Association of Surgeons of India 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical CenterShantouChina
  2. 2.Hainan Medical UniversityHaikouChina

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