This ointment has been specially formulated with 40% UMF® 15+ Active Manuka Honey to maximise the benefits of the Unique Manuka Factor.
- The honey is produced to high Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards to meet the requirements of topical applications.
- Supplied in a tube for convenient application direct to damaged skin or bandages.
Meloderm Ointment is intended for external use and is NOT suitable for internal consumption. To provide a healing environment for larger wounds or areas of damaged skin, we recommend Meloderm 100% Irradiated Manuka Honey.
Meloderm Manuka Honey Ointment has been specially formulated to utilise the known benefits of UMF® Manuka Honey as identified by the standard testing procedures developed by the University of Waikato.
Suitable for everyday use on all skin areas and is a soothing emollient ointment. Ideally suited for skin problems that do not require a wound dressing.
APPLICATION: Squeeze out Meloderm Ointment on to a cotton bud and then apply to a 'Melolin' or similar suitable dressing. Apply the 'Melolin' to the wound area and change twice daily. If applying to insect bites, dry/flaky skin or similar, Meloderm Ointment may be applied directly to the area. If required, massage into the skin with clean hands.
Please seek medical advice before use when sensitivity to bee products is a predisposed condition. Honey products (including Meloderm and Meloderm Ointment) are NOT suitable for children under 18 months of age. People suffering from diabetes should use these products in moderation according to their personal diet restrictions.
When should I use Irradiated Manuka Honey?
To reduce the effects of any possible infection, it is best to use irradiated Manuka honey for skin conditions such as:
• Cuts and grazes
• General wounds
• Leg and foot ulcers
• Skin prone to Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis
• Nappy rash and incontinence dermatitis
• Dry and itchy skin
• Sensitive skin
Does the honey sting when applied?
Honey has a low pH (a very high sugar content and low water content) which can be responsible for a slight stinging sensation when applied to a skin wound.
About 10-15% of people report some level of 'stinging' when the honey is first applied (much as you may get from other creams) but this usually subsides quite quickly. Also, excess fluid from the wound being drawn towards the honey can cause a drawing or slight throbbing sensation.
Any pain or discomfort appears to be due to the acidity of honey as they are not experienced when neutralised honey is used: nor do they seem to be indicative of any damage being done to the wound. In cases where patients have endured some little pain or discomfort, with or without analgesia, wounds have benefited from the stimulation of healing and have healed rapidly.
There is evidence that honey stimulates nocioceptors (Al-Swayeh and Ali, 1998) - the nerve endings that create a pain sensation in response to heat, acidity and some organic chemicals. It is possible that in some patients these nerve endings are sensitised and are more responsive to the acidity and/or the component organic chemicals of honey.
How do I use medical Manuka Honey on burns?
All burns should be first cooled with water according to standard first aid protocols. Once cooling measures are complete, the burn should be assessed and medical attention sought if the burn is deep, large or over critical areas such as the face, genitals or over joints.
Meloderm Ointment is best suited to everyday use on all skin areas requiring a soothing emollient ointment. It is ideal for skin problems that do not require a wound dressing. For larger wounds or areas of damaged skin, we recommend Meloderm 100% Irradiated Manuka Honey.
Meloderm 100% Irradiated Manuka Honey (medical Manuka Honey) is best suited to external application to both minor wounds such as abrasions, burns, cuts and grazes, and also to deeper more serious, long-term wounds. It can be applied direct to a wound and ideally should be covered with an absorbent, non-adherent dressing such as Melolin.
If the burn is on the face, then the ointment is easier to apply because it has a thicker consistency and will not run as easily. Burns may have much higher levels of exudate (wound fluid) than many other types of wounds. When using medical Manuka Honey products which draw wound fluid into the dressing and which appear to increase drainage of wound fluid, you might have to change the dressing more than once a day in the first few days of the burn.
How long can the Manuka Honey be left on the wound for?
The dressings can be left in place for up to seven days. However, this would depend on the exudate (wound fluid) levels produced by the wound and the appearance of the dressing. As long as the dressing has maintained its original colour (the honey is still present) it can remain in situ. How often should I change my wound dressing? Ideally, reapplication and dressing changes should be carried out daily or as directed by a healthcare professional. If there is wound fluid present, more frequent reapplication of the product and changes of dressing may be beneficial. The maximum length of time for which the dressing may be left in place is 7 days.
Can I use medical Manuka Honey in my nose?
Yes. If you are applying irradiated Manuka Honey in the nose, it is recommended that you use the 100% irradiated Manuka honey.