Quick questions

mel is latin for "honey" and cura is latin for "take care"
We take care of your wounds with honey

Q: What honey is used in MELCURA™ products?

A: We use a (medical grade) multifloral Fynbos honey. This means that our honey contains several floral origins, each providing the honey with numerous healing benefits. Fynbos honey is a natural product that aids healing.

Q: Can I use edible honey on my wound?

A: The edible honey available in stores for eating is often not sterilized and may carry a risk of infection with bacterial spores. Our honey is sterilized and filtered to meet medical grade standards. 

Q: Can I still use MELCURA™ products if I am a diabetic?

A: Yes, you can still use MELCURA™ products if you are a diabetic. Local wound care should be combined with diabetic management. Your wound should be monitored by your healthcare provider on a regular basis. Regular use of honey on diabetic foot ulcers has not been shown to alter blood glucose levels during routine monitoring.1,2

Q: Can I use MELCURA™ products if I am allergic to bee stings?

A: Yes. Those allergic to bee stings suffer a reaction to bee venom not found in honey. It is possible for some people to develop an allergic reaction to honey. When honey is produced, it can be possibly contaminated with pollen. If you are allergic to honey it is because of the pollen found in the honey. This makes pollen the allergen, rather than the honey itself. Our honey is filtered to remove pollen making this reaction unlikely.

Q: Are MELCURA™ products safe to use on my children's wounds?

A: Yes, MELCURA™ products can be used on children of all ages. Honey is not cytotoxic and safety has been established by the treatment of wounds in neonatal and paediatric patients.

Q: Do I need to wipe off MELCURA™ HoneyBalm before breast feeding?

A: No, the moisturising honey and nourishing avocado oil are safe for Mom and baby.

Q: I have heard that honey can sting when applied to my wound?

A: Pain is a frequent symptom of wounds and, particularly, dressing changes are the most painful. The beneficial osmotic action of the sugars in the honey draws moisture out of the wound bed into the product causing a transient tingling sensation on application. Our honey is also acidic which beneficially lowers the overall pH of a wound. Due to this change in pH some individuals experience a transient stinging sensation when MELCURA™ products are applied. These properties provide wound healing benefits. If stinging occurs it usually lasts for several minutes, but may last longer.

References

1. Jeffery S (2008) A honey-based dressing for diabetic foot ulcers. The Diabetic Foot Journal 11(2): 87–91

2. Kirby P, Khan N, Dhillon N et al (2009) Do honey-impregnated dressings affect glycaemic control? The Diabetic Foot Journal 12(4): 177-180

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