Honey, particularly manuka honey, is good for atopic dermatitis or eczema, according to a study published on U.S. National Library of Medicine in June 2017 [R].
This research study aims to prove the effectiveness of honey against atopic dermatitis (AR). Honey has recently been recognized for its anti-microbial properties, but manuka honey was specifically used for this study as it exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and is shown to be effective against Staphylococcus aureus, the most common bacteria in wound infections.
14 patients with eczema applied manuka honey on one side of their lesions while the other side remained untreated. Manuka honey was left overnight and applied for seven consecutive nights. Skin swabs were done to compare the presence of staphylococci before and after treatment.
After seven days, Three Item Severity score was used to quantify the results. It was found that there was a significant improvement on the atopic dermatitis lesions after manuka honey treatment, while there were no changes noted on the untreated skin. It was also noted that mast cell degranulation significantly decreased, thereby reducing inflammation.
In conclusion, with the results of this study, we can infer that honey has potential in treating atopic dermatitis [R]. However, further research needs to be done through random and controlled clinical trials and more practical ways to apply honey on the skin should be implemented. Aside from manuka honey, other types of honey should also be looked into and tested as potential treatments. This research study could potentially open more opportunities for honey, especially manuka honey, to be tested as a treatment for other types of atopic diseases, such as asthma, eczema, and allergic rhinitis.