Patient education, self-care and medical grade honey — managing a diabetic ulcer

The prevalence of diabetes is rising globally with increasing budgetary burdens from the disease and its complications. In resource-limited environments, affordable treatment strategies are urgently needed. Wound care utilises diverse modalities, such as hydrogel, polyurethane and alginate dressings, as well as silver-containing agents. Honey is a well established treatment and is cost-effective. In a resource-limited setting, the authors detail a case report whereby the use of an affordable, easy-to-use agent was used in conjunction with patient education and self-care, which resulted in rapid wound healing without side-effects.