Plain white sugar is a scientifically proven, highly effective wound-healing substance.
It gets applied successfully to treat severe, sometimes life-threatening conditions.
Sugar (when applied topically to wounds) protects against bacterial infections, speeds up healing, and reduces scarring.
For a more detailed analysis of the relationship between sugar and wounds, check out my article Sugar Heals Wounds in The How To Hasten Healing Handbook.
Here are some studies to read.
Allison, K., Brynildsen, M. & Collins, J. Metabolite-enabled eradication of bacterial persisters by aminoglycosides. Nature 473, 216–220 (2011).
Biswas A, Bharara M, Hurst C, Gruessner R, Armstrong D, Rilo H. Use of sugar on the healing of diabetic ulcers: a review. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2010 Sep 1;4(5):1139-45.
Dealey, C, Murandu, M. The use of granulated sugar to treat two pressure ulcers. Wounds International. 2009
De Feo M, Gregorio R, Renzulli A, Ismeno G, Romano GP, Cotrufo M. Treatment of recurrent postoperative mediastinitis with granulated sugar. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 2000 Oct;41(5):715-9.
Eddy JJ, Gideonsen MD, Mack GP. Practical considerations of using topical honey for neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers: a review. WMJ. 2008 Jul;107(4):187-90.
Jaganathan SK, Mondhe D, Wani ZA, Pal HC, Mandal M. Effect of honey and eugenol on Ehrlich ascites and solid carcinoma. J Biomed Biotechnol. 2010;2010:989163. doi: 10.1155/2010/989163. Epub 2010 Mar 28.
Khanal B, Baliga M, Uppal N. Effect of topical honey on limitation of radiation-induced oral mucositis: an intervention study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2010 Dec;39(12):1181-5.
Knutson RA, Merbitz LA, Creekmore MA, Snipes HG. Use of sugar and povidone-iodine to enhance wound healing: five year’s experience. South Med J. 1981 Nov;74(11):1329-35.
Méndez MB, Goñi A, Ramirez W, Grau RR. Sugar inhibits the production of the toxins that trigger clostridial gas gangrene. Microb Pathog. 2012 Jan;52(1):85-91.
Mphande AN, Killowe C, Phalira S, Jones HW, Harrison WJ. Effects of honey and sugar dressings on wound healing. J Wound Care. 2007 Jul;16(7):317-9.
Murandu, MD. Granulated sugar treatment for leg ulcers: a case report. Primary Health Care. 2015. 26, 1, 26-29.
Murandu M, Webber MA, Simms MH, Dealey C. Use of granulated sugar therapy in the management of sloughy or necrotic wounds: a pilot study. J Wound Care. 2011 May;20(5):206, 208, 210 passim.
Nakao H, Yamazaki M, Tsuboi R, Ogawa H. Mixture of sugar and povidone–iodine stimulates wound healing by activating keratinocytes and fibroblast functions. Arch Dermatol Res. 2006 Sep;298(4):175-82.
Topham J. Why do some cavity wounds treated with honey or sugar paste heal without scarring? J Wound Care. 2002 Feb;11(2):53-5.
Trouillet JL, Chastre J, Fagon JY, Pierre J, Domart Y, Gibert C. Use of granulated sugar in treatment of open mediastinitis after cardiac surgery. Lancet. 1985 Jul 27;2(8448):180-4.
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