Acceptability to patients of a honey dressing for non-healing venous leg ulcers

J Wound Care. 2004 May;13(5):193-7. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2004.13.5.26614.


Objectives: This four-centre feasibility study was undertaken to determine whether Medihoney, a proprietary blend of honeys, is an acceptable treatment for patients with leg ulcers in terms of pain relief, odour control and overall patient satisfaction.

Method: Forty patients whose leg ulcers had not responded to 12 weeks of compression therapy were recruited. Medihoney dressings were applied on their ulcers for the 12-week study period. All other aspects of their care, including the use of compression bandaging, remained unchanged. Their leg ulcers were assessed every two weeks. This included the use of a patient questionnaire.

Results: Overall, ulcer pain and size decreased significantly and odorous wounds were deodorised promptly. This had a positive impact on patient satisfaction with the Medihoney treatment.

Conclusion: The results support the previously reported positive effects of honey and revealed a high patient acceptance for this treatment. Following these results, comparative clinical trials, which should also consider pain, are now recommended.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Chronic Disease
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Honey*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occlusive Dressings*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Prospective Studies
  • Varicose Ulcer / therapy*