A study by researchers at the University of Ottowa and reported during the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Meeting in Chicago found that in eleven isolates of three separate biofilms (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and methicicillin-resistant and -susceptible Staphylococcus aureus), honey was significantly more effective in killing both planktonic and biofilm-grown forms of the bacteria, than the antibiotics commonly used against the bacteria.
Given the historical uses of honey in some cultures as a homeopathic treatment for bad wound infections, the authors suggested that their findings may hold important clinical implications in the treatment of chronic
rhinosinusitis, with topical treatment a possibility.
Chronic rhinosinusitis affects approximately 31 million people each year in the United States alone, costing over $4 billion in direct health expenditures and lost workplace productivity. It is among the three most common chronic diseases in all of North America.
More research into rhinitis
First Published in December 2008
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