A comparative study between honey and povidone iodine as dressing solution for Wagner type II diabetic foot ulcers

Med J Malaysia. 2008 Mar;63(1):44-6.


Honey dressing has been used to promote wound healing for years but scanty scientific studies did not provide enough evidences to justify it benefits in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. We conducted a prospective study to compare the effect of honey dressing for Wagner's grade-II diabetic foot ulcers with controlled dressing group (povidone iodine followed by normal saline). Surgical debridement and appropriate antibiotics were prescribed in all patients. There were 30 patients age between 31 to 65-years-old (mean of 52.1 years). The mean healing time in the standard dressing group was 15.4 days (range 9-36 days) compared to 14.4 days (range 7-26 days) in the honey group (p < 0.005). In conclusion, ulcer healing was not significantly different in both study groups. Honey dressing is a safe alternative dressing for Wagner grade-II diabetic foot ulcers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bandages*
  • Diabetic Foot / therapy*
  • Female
  • Honey*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Povidone-Iodine / therapeutic use*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Wound Healing / drug effects


  • Povidone-Iodine