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.