Recent research suggests that honey and water can be a useful weapon against urinary tract infections in hospital patients, who have an indwelling catheter, either to drain urine has stuck in the bladder or urinary control output.
Scientists at the University of Southampton have shown that honey diluted some common bacteria form sticky, difficult to remove layers on surfaces such as plastic stops, reports the BBC.
A honey solution could be useful for urinary catheters washing to keep them clean while remaining in the bladder.
honey has been used for centuries as a natural antiseptic for treating burns and wounds and many companies now sell a range of “medical grade” honey products that meet regulatory standards
the research looked at two common bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections and bladder. -. Proteus mirabilis and E. coli
Even at low dilution of about 3.3 percent, the honey solution appeared to stop bacteria from clustering together and create layers of biofilms known.
lead researcher Bashir Lwaleed uses honey (made by bees that feed on nectar from manuka tree) in their study because this honey dark of Australia and New Zealand is known to have bacteria-fighting properties.
said other types of honey might work too, but have not tried this.
“Nobody knows exactly how or why honey acts as an antibacterial. And we know how well honey be tolerated in the bladder. We are the first to propose this,” Lwaleed said.
Professor Nicky Cullum Dame Cathedral, an expert in wound care has also examined the evidence about honey as a treatment.
“This work of Southampton is at a very early stage, so do not get too excited. But it is an interesting avenue worth pursuing,” she said.
adding, “Obviously, we need more studies to prove that not irritate the bladder or cause other problems. People like things that are natural but they are not always effective”
The research was published in the journal of Clinical Pathology
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