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 in vitro studies have revealed that honeys from all over the world have potent microbicidal activity against dermatologically important microbes. Moreover, in vitro studies have shown that honey can reduce microbial pathogenicity as well as reverse antimicrobial resistance. Studies investigating the antimicrobial properties of honey in vivo 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
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016

Keywords

  • Antimicrobial
  • Dermatology
  • Honey
  • Wound infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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