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Down with antibiotics, long live the honey!

September 25 2008
11:26

Honey effectively destroys bacteria that cause chronic rhinitis, the report says Canadian scientists at the annual conference of the American community otolaryngologists AAO-HNSF.

Honey is partially digested in the craw honeybee flower nectar. It contains 13-20% water, 75-80% carbohydrates (glucose, fructose, sucrose), vitamins, as well as antiseptic agents, which is why it is used as a means of folk medicine.

Canadian researchers from the University of Ottawa studied the effect of honey on 11 strains of microorganisms, including dangerous pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Both the agent often become resistant to antibiotics, and in this case is almost impenetrable.

It turned out that the honey kills bacteria, both in the bulk liquid and in biofilms on the surface of water. Effectiveness of its action was comparable to the effectiveness of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria are also killed by contact with honey.

According to scientists, this study confirms the ability of honey to treat a chronic runny nose.

It is known that a cold call as viruses and bacteria. Viral rhinitis does not require antibiotic treatment and usually resolves itself.

Bacterial rhinitis should be treated with antibiotics, but if the bacterium has acquired resistance to them, the disease may become resistant chronic form. In this case, as scientists believe, honey can be an effective substitute for antibiotics to cure the disease.

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