Wound Care – Honey and Silver

In a complete departure, I am going to write about something that has nothing to do with law or technology. I am going to write about wound care.

As many of you know, I have been ill. I have discussed this a bit before. What you may not know is that I had to have two surgeries. One was in May 2018, and the other was in February 2019. The latter surgery, which was more major, suffered complications in the area of wound healing.

Surgical Site Infection – Eek

When about 2-3 weeks after my surgery it was clear that my surgery site was infected and not healing properly, my doctor decided that I needed to have wound care. I was told, in no uncertain terms, that if in a week things weren’t much better, I would have to go back to the hospital, have the incision cut open, cleaned out, and re-stitched. As you can imagine, this idea did not please me.

Fortunately, in a week, things did look a bit better. Enough that the doctor agreed I didn’t need to have the incision cut open. Now, after about 3 weeks of wound care, the surgical site looks much more like it should, with a few areas that still need help. As a result, I avoided the hospital, and the wound, at least, is heading in the right direction.

This is why I am writing this post. I wanted to let you know that if you have a wound that is not healing well, you may find that there are options for you. In my case, those options included honey and silver. And I have to tell you, honey and silver rock!

Home Wound Care with Honey and Silver

My insurance, thankfully, pays for home care. So I already had a nurse who was coming to see me. When my doctor ordered daily wound care, the nurse told me she would order bandages, honey, and silver. I was intrigued. I knew that silver was used in wound care, but I did not know about honey.

Honey for Wound Care

MediHoney

Honey has been used for millennia to help with wound healing. Honey is unique in that it never goes bad. If you find 3000-year-old honey, well you should stop playing Indiana Jones, but also, you could eat it. If you can get it out of the jar. The honey I use for my tea has gotten to the point where it refuses to pour. It is very frustrating. But I digress.

Why is honey good for wound care? Mainly because of its antibacterial properties. In addition, honey actually helps improve the speed of wound healing, regardless of whether your wound is infected. It also can help reduce scarring.

Of course, you cannot just slap any old honey on a wound. You need to make sure it is the right kind. Manuka honey was approved by the FDA for use in wound care back in 2007. This is the kind of honey you want for your wound.

In order to use honey on your wound, you spread an appropriate amount on (a very thin layer) and then cover it. You can buy the right kind of honey in tubes, or you can buy bandages that are infused with medical grade honey.

The honey my nurse ordered is called MediHoney. Insurance did not cover the honey, so I had to pay $25 for a small tube of gel. I looked online and found a gel by the same company for less than half the price on Amazon.

Silver for Wound Care

Aquacel AG

As with honey, silver has been used for wound care for a very long time.
Silver is known to have antibacterial properties. Apparently, silver is so good at dealing with bacteria, that some surgeons have begun using silver tools.

The silver my nurse ordered is called Aquacel AG. The AG, of course, stands for silver. The Aquacel comes in thin, foam-like sheets. Aquacel is cut to fit the wound before it is applied. You can also buy silver infused bandages.

Putting the Honey and Silver Together to Treat Wounds

In case you are wondering how the entire wound care works, I will walk you through the process:

  1. Clean the wound with a saline solution.
  2. Spread a stripe of honey on a piece of Aquacel.
    1. In the alternative, spread the honey right on the wound and put the Aquacel on top.
  3. Put the honey infused Aquacel on the wound.
  4. Cover the wound with a special Mepilex bandage.
Meipilex Border Bandage

The Mepilex bandage, which is called Mepilex Border, is meant to prevent additional damage to the skin. When you have to wear a bandage for a long time, if you use traditional bandages and/or tape, it tends to tear and/or irritate the skin. As a result, it is important to be careful how you treat the skin surrounding the wound.

Conclusion – Consider Adding Honey and Silver to your Medicine Cabinet

Obviously, you should consult with a doctor before you actually start using honey or silver on any wound. I’m not a doctor, I am just telling you about my own experience. However, if you find yourself having a problem with your own wound care, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about whether honey and/or silver will work for you.

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