Honey

A realistic antimicrobial for disorders of the skin

Pauline McLoone, Mary Warnock, Lorna Fyfe

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Abstract

Resistance of pathogenic microorganisms to antibiotics is a serious global health concern. In this review, research investigating the antimicrobial properties of honeys from around the world against skin relevant microbes is evaluated. A plethora of invitro studies have revealed that honeys from all over the world have potent microbicidal activity against dermatologically important microbes. Moreover, invitro studies have shown that honey can reduce microbial pathogenicity as well as reverse antimicrobial resistance. Studies investigating the antimicrobial properties of honey invivo have been more controversial. It is evident that innovative research is required to exploit the antimicrobial properties of honey for clinical use and to determine the efficacy of honey in the treatment of a range of skin disorders with a microbiological etiology.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Nov 24 2014

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Keywords

  • Antimicrobial
  • Dermatology
  • Honey
  • Wound infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Honey : A realistic antimicrobial for disorders of the skin. / McLoone, Pauline; Warnock, Mary; Fyfe, Lorna.

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