Just thought I would pop on here and mention that I have been using Manuka honey for four days on a many months old stagnant leg ulcer that started with a cat bite and went on to cellulitis and then MRSA in the greatly enlarged wound. I did pull the infection out with clay and or charcoal poultices... but when it came time to close it didn't really want to.
The first time I tried to use the honey it was too painful. But I spent a couple months calming the thing down with an ointment made of oak extract and a couple things. Finally I was able to try the honey again and I have never seen so much progress before. I am seriously amazed. Definitely worth a try.
My husband and I are carriers of mrsa, so we are susceptible to infections. I burned my arm on the oven door, and it exploded into a big, painful boil. I tried the turmeric, and it helped a little, but then I got my hands on some manuka honey. It immediately came to a head and started to drain. I'm so thankful I didn't have to get on antibiotics!
I had this horrible staph infection on the back of my legs and I spent days putting ACV (which usually works for most things) on it. Nothing happened. The staph was replicating and the boils were getting bigger. Finally, I went to my doctor who ordered systemic antibiotics and it went away in about 4 days. A month later the staph came back. I hadn't been sleeping due to my 6 month old being sick with his first cold, bad cough and congestion. My immune system was just worn down. I didn't want to do antibiotics again because I'm still breastfeeding, but I had heard about Manuka honey and skin infections. I figured I'd try it for a few days and if it didn't work, I'd call in and get the antibiotics. I put it on at night, and then the next morning, the boil had shrunk. It was still red, but the "anger" had gone out of it. It wasn't large and painful and "alive" any longer. I was in shock.
The other thing that was going on was that I had caught my baby's cold. My throat was killing me and I was starting to get that cough and congestion. I decided that if it worked so well on my leg, maybe it would work well on my throat. I took a teaspoon full and within an hour my throat stopped hurting. It then turned into a chest thing where there were some resperatory stuff coming up, but not in that violent way at the beginning of an illness, more like at the end. A few hours later, I took another teaspoon full and napped with my baby for an hour and a half, and when I woke up, cough and mucus from my chest - totally gone! I can't believe it.
Last year I had MRSA from a spiderbite.
I found out very shortly after my diagnosis that I was allergic to antibiotics. I had a horrible reaction where ALL of my skin swelled up and peeled off. I had to find another way to treat it. I had spent more time in the hospital for drug reactions than for the MRSA wound itself.
I treated the weeping, disgusting wound with: eating 3 cloves of raw garlic a day (cut up with a glass of warm water), I made a paste of tumeric powder, tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, and manuka honey and applied it to the wound very often (whenever the last application of paste dried up I'd apply a new one and cover it with a bandana that had the paste applied to the side closest to my skin as well). I washed it 3x a day with Hibicleanse as well.
2 weeks after I started this regimen, the wound began to heal up.
I started using Manuka Honey on my outbreaks after 10 horrible months of recurring MRSA boil outbreaks, unfriendly & unhelpful doctors, painful cutting and draining. Once I received the honey I started putting a poultice of it on the boils overnight. Not a lot of honey but enough to cover the boil completely then cover it with gauze. The boils now only last 2-3 days and do not get very large. Now I need to find a way to stop getting them! At least I haven't needed antibiotics since I started using the honey which is wonderful because I became allergic to the Bactrim after 6 months of almost constant use.
Manuka honey is being used in many places (UK, Australia, New Zealand) for treatment of MRSA. One teaspoon morning and night for prevention and up to 3 tsp. once or twice a day for an internal infection. It can also be used topically to stop skin infection, 50/50 with water in an atomizer for chest infections, along with many other uses. One potential reason for its effectiveness may be the existence of small amount of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide in the honey, although researchers put it down to "Manuka factor," an unknown active ingredient.