Raw honey for infection?

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Raw honey for infection?
Thu, 10-13-2011 - 12:57am

Hey everyone, I wanted to run this scenario by everyone and see what your thoughts are..

My 3 year old daughter has an insect bite above her butt crack that has become infected. I noticed it turning red last Friday, and then it got big, red, warm to the touch and incredibly tender. It felt hard all around it. My daughter is terrified of doctors, and for good reason, she had an awful experience with one who actually hurt her and she had to have surgery following the ordeal, but that's another story. Typically, no matter what it is, a doctor will just give us antbiotics and send us on our way. So, I decided to handle this myself. I know infections can be really serious, especially if it's staph or MRSA. I'm giving her oral antibiotics just in case. She's taking penicillin vk. On Saturday I was just monitoring her, checking for fever, checking for red lines from the infection site. I was ready to take her to the ER if anything got bad, but it didn't. The next day the infection popped open and I was able to drain a significant amount of pus from the site. I wiped it down with alcohol, put Neosporin on it and bandage it back up. I've had to keep it covered because of where it is. The following day, same protocol, drained it, alcohol, neosporin, bandage. Twice a day. The Neosporin didn't seem to be helping any, and I remembered reading about raw honey. I had some around so I put it on her wound during the nightly bandage change. The next morning the swelling was gone, the redness had faded significantly and no more pus came out. I figured it plain old raw honey worked, why not try Manuka too? I've been using that today, and still no more redness, no pus, no pain. It's healing a lot faster than I expected.

My questions are..

Has anyone else had success with raw honey on infections?

Are the antibiotics contributing most to the healing and I'm giving honey too much credit?

Manuka vs. regular raw honey?

And personally, should I feel guilty for not bringing her to a doctor? I do, but I'm not sure if that's just because of how I've been conditioned.

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Fri, 10-14-2011 - 12:08pm
Well I don't know what manuka is so I can't compare it to raw honey. I have heard great things about using raw honey on cuts and scrapes, but haven't tried it myself. Admittedly I tend to use it so much for cooking and in beverages that there just isn't any left for first aid lol.

I don't think you should feel guilty for not taking your daughter to a doctor, but I do think it would have been a good idea to have her seen by someone. Perhaps a nurse? The only reason I'm saying a medical expert should have been brought into the picture is to diagnose whatever this was. This could be a one time thing or it could be something that will come back. It could also be contagious or an indicator of a more serious problem. It would be up to you to follow or not follow whatever advice the medical expert gave you for treatment, but they're still a resource here to help us.
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Sat, 10-15-2011 - 10:04am

I have never heard of using raw honey this way but will surely remember this for future reference! Like Ladybookworm, I don't know what Manuka is so can't help you out there. I understand why you feel the way you do about doctors. But to find out what the cause was would be good to know. I too, hate how they always try to medicate instead of getting to the root of the problem and using other options. Please do keep us posted on how your daughter is doing.

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Registered: 11-27-2011
Sun, 11-27-2011 - 2:28am

Out of curiosity, how was this resolved?