Getting quite a following is the aged methods of curing ulcers, burns, and infected wounds with sweet stuff. Come a time when austere medicine becomes the norm AND the world runs out of antibiotics that work, the old ways might become common techniques.
Honey works by drawing fluids away from the bugs and by generating a natural form of hydrogen peroxide by enzyme reaction which cleanses the wound. Finally, some honeys contain strong levels of natural antibiotics i.e. Manuka Honey. Most honey that we buy in stores is pasteurized (heat treated) which can destroy the “goodness” in the honey so some advise using unpasteurized honey. Just make sure you store it in a cool, dark place.
One of the techniques used is to first, wash the wound, using sterile water.
For minor cuts, Use a thick cotton-gauze pad and spread the honey onto it NOT directly onto the wound.
The pad should be cut slightly larger than the wound area.
If the pad is 10cm square, apply about one ounce of honey
It it is a deep wound or cavity, fill it with honey first.
Then cover with a gauze-pad soaked in honey as above.
Cover both wounds with something waterproof.
Don’t let the dressing get wet by taking a bath or shower. It will dilute the honey.
You should check the wound several times a day, at first changing it to three times a day. As the wound heals, daily dressings should be sufficient. The wound must stay moist.
If the dressing sticks to the wound, it has become too dry, so change it.
As the wound heals you will be able to reduce the frequency of wound changes.
Keep going until the wound has healed.
Same basic effects of honey but without the benefit of natural antibiotics.
A common S.O.P. in Europe is dip a cut into sugar and then slap on a plaster.
Hospital treatment is a bit more complicated than bush or austere medicine and uses Povidone Iodine.
A wait of 24 hours is usual to allow bleeding to stop before using sugar.
Wounds are then treated by completely filling the cavities with sugar and covering it with a Povidone Iodine gauze.
To stop infection, the wound is repacked 3-4 times a day or when the sugar gets “wet”. The fresher the sugar, the more bugs die. It can take a week to 4 months to cure things BUT the smell or weeping usually stops within 3-4 days.
All you have to do is KEEP ON GOING and DON’T RUN OUT OF SUGAR.
CAUTION:- I’m not a medical professional.
This article is a combination of advice some of which comes from World Newspapers who “occasionally” get things wrong. You should always seek professional medical help.