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GARCIA FELIPE, Sara. Honey as an alternative to topical treatments in the healing process of burns, wounds and ulcers. Ene. [online]. 2019, vol.13, n.1, 1312.  Epub Oct 01, 2019. ISSN 1988-348X.


Injuries from burns, surgical wounds and ulcers cause high levels of morbidity and mortality throughout the world, being especially vulnerable to infections. Several studies suggest that honey can accelerate the healing of wounds due to its properties, as its ability to reduce inflammation and prevent the attack of infectious agents.


to assess the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of honey as an effective alternative treatment in burns, wounds or ulcers.

Material and method:

A literature search was carried out in specialized databases such as Pubmed, Cochrane, Scopus and WoS, among others. A total of 11,303 articles were found that were screened by inclusion and exclusion criteria. We included 26 (19 RCTs and 7 systematic reviews), which were evaluated to assess the quality and risk of bias using the PEDro and AMSTAR scales, and subsequently by the SIGN scale.


It was observed that honey heals before and leaves less hypertrophic scar, reduces edema, pain and purulent secretions, produces greater sterility in less time and with less adverse effects besides being more cost-effective.

Keywords : honey; wound; burn; ulcer.

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