Honey is 'just as effective as treating cold sores as anti-viral creams'

Mail Online | 5/27/2019 | Vanessa Chalmers Health Reporter For Mailonline
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It's already used as a topping on breakfast.

But scientists say honey may also be able to fight cold sores.

Sores - Creams - Counter

Notoriously difficult get rid of, cold sores are normally treated with anti-viral creams bought over the counter.

But honey derived from a tree in New Zealand has been found to be just as effective at healing the blistering sore in a trial.

Participants - Trial - Cream - Honey - Pain

Participants in a trial used either cream or honey, both of which cleared the pain and wound within nine days.

The substance, produced by bumble bees, has a long history of therapeutic use with some studies showing it has antibacterial properties.

Trial - Participants - Researchers - Medical - Research

The trial of 952 participants was led by researchers at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ).

They compared treating cold sores with honey to anti-viral aciclovir cream, branded as Zovirax in the UK and Viraban in the US.

Honey - Kānuka - Tree - New - Zealand

The honey was derived from the native kānuka tree in New Zealand, before being sterilised and boosted with extra antimicrobial ingredients.

All of the patients were asked if they wanted to participate when they went to one of 76 community pharmacies in the first 72 hours of their cold sore episode.

Cent - Aciclovir - Cream - Honey - Cream

They were then randomly assigned either five per cent aciclovir cream or the honey cream Honevo, which was mixed with ten per cent glycerin.

While applying their treatment five times daily, they were asked to self-record data for pain and cold sore progression.

Entries - Days - Sore

Their entries were monitored for 14 days or until the cold sore fully healed.

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