Medihoney gel is a natural product obtained from honey produced by bees. It has long been known that some chemicals in honey may kill bacteria and fungus. When applied to the skin or wounds Medihoney serves as a barrier to moisture and keeps the skin from sticking to the dressing on the wound.
What isn’t totally clear is whether it speeds up wound healing, but from years of observation, many health workers say it does promote faster healing, especially in burns where it is very soothing.
Medihoney Gel is clinically formulated using antibacterial Manuka honey that has been scientifically formulated to reduce the risk of infection. It promotes wound healing while reducing scarring. Because of the antiseptic properties, it keeps the wound clean at the same time.
Medihoney gel is suitable for light wounds through to heavy wounds with different formulas available. Medihoney Alginate is suitable for full-thickness burns. For a simple light burn use Medihoney Honeycolloid Adhesive.
WHEN TO USE MEDIHONEY GEL
The Gel can be used on Acute and Chronic wounds, burns, ulcers, and small bedsores in the aged will respond well to the product by promoting healing in the bedridden older person. It can be kept in the home first aid kit for application on day-to-day kitchen cuts, abrasions, and burns.
It is extremely soothing and children respond well when Medihoney is used on their cuts because it doesn’t sting like many spirit base treatments, enabling the parent to put it straight onto the wound without the usual resistance.
HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT STEP BY STEP
Basic first aid for the use of Medihoney gel on a wound is very simple, and when you follow the steps the wound normally heals well.
Following are the steps for wound care at home using Medihoney:
1. Stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the area.
2. Clean the wound with lukewarm water and a clean cloth
3. Apply Medihoney Gel to the wound and cover it over with a clean dressing
4. Usually leave the dressing in place for 24 hours, and then change it.
5. If a bad cut is gaping it may need a few stitches and a visit to the Doctor
TYPES OF WOUND THAT CAN OCCUR AT HOME
It is important to have Tetanus vaccinations up to date, as when we are cleaning up the house and garden is often when we get cuts and abrasions. There are different types of wounds that can occur and most of them will respond well to Medihoney Gel, these wounds are:
TIPS FOR USING MEDIHONEY AS FIRST AID
1. Abrasion, like a graze where the skin is scraped off, can occur when someone falls over and grazes the knee or shin.
2. An incision is usually a clean straight cut that can occur when working with sharp objects
3. The laceration is a jagged cut that may bleed.
4. A puncture wound can be caused by a nail or another stabbing object.
All of the above are suitable wounds for applying Medihoney gel.
More serious accidents like a fracture or compound fracture need hospital treatment
Doing a first aid course is a good idea for parents and couples to know how to deal with accidents that occur all too commonly in the home.
Once you have completed the course the next step is to have a well-stocked first-aid kit with things you need to cover a wound like dressings and Medihoney gel, keep your first aid kit handy in the kitchen.
WHEN A WOUND OCCURS WATCH FOR INFECTION
Cover the wound as described, and on day two check for signs of infection when you replace the dressing. Signs of infection are:
1. When the wound is red and hot.
3. Puss or yellow drainage
4. Extreme pain
Any of these symptoms should be checked by a doctor, as antibiotics may be required.
Kitchen wounds are extremely common when we are chopping away with our new chef’s knife while copying ‘ Master Chef’ is often when an accident occurs. Deep wounds will require suturing which means a trip to A&E is required. While small wounds will need to be cleaned and have Medihoney gel applied as this will mostly prevent infection from entering.
TIPS FOR HONEY AS A PRESERVATIVE AND HEALING AGENT
Honey will keep for years and is suitable for very long-term storage. The reason for this the chemical properties of honey are known to keep it intact and fresh for centuries. If no humidity can reach it the honey doesn’t deteriorate, and the long life is due to an enzyme found in the stomach of bees.
The bees use expelled nectar to mix glucose oxidase and hydrogen peroxide making the honey more acid and leading to suppression of bacterial growth. This is why honey is so good for wound healing. So Medihoney gel is one of the necessities when stocking your home first aid kit, as an early application to a cut of Medihoney gel will prevent any bacteria from taking hold and growing in the newly exposed wound.
The bee colonies are now set up with removable frames to make the harvesting of the honey easier. The honey is then removed leaving the bees with enough honey to survive the winter. In the spring and summer, the bees start to make more honey.
When the honey is removed from the hive, the beekeepers pacify the bees with smoke that diverts the bees enabling the keeper to safely remove the honey without being stung by the bees.
It is important that we keep our supply of honey up as it is beneficial to health in so many ways. Only the purest Manuka honey goes to making the Medihoney gel and other products manufactured by the company.
At the moment, studies are being conducted into the use of local honey in various health conditions. One of these conditions is asthma, an inflammatory disorder, and another linked condition is eczema. Local honey is being applied to the patches of eczema with good results. While people with asthma are eating local honey.
This is very interesting although no conclusions yet, the premise is that we may be cured of some conditions by using our local honey to calm allergens and allergic reactions. This makes the use of Medihoney gel even more important in our first aid kit.