One year randomized controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of honey dressing versus povidone iodine dressing for diabetic foot ulcer at Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital and MRC, Belagavi


  • Ramesh S. Koujalagi Department of General Surgery, KLE Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
  • V. M. Uppin Department of General Surgery, KLE Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
  • Soham Shah Department of General Surgery, KLE Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
  • Dron Sharma Department of General Surgery, KLE Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belagavi, Karnataka, India



Unprocessed honey dressing, Diabetic foot ulcers, Povidone iodine dressing


Background: The objective of the study is to find out the effect of honey dressing versus povidone iodine dressing for reduction of wound size in diabetic foot ulcer.

Methods: This randomized controlled trial was done in the Department of General Surgery, KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital, Belagavi from January 2017 to December 2017. 64 patients were randomized into 32 group each undergoing unprocessed honey dressing and other group undergoing povidone iodine dressing.

Results: The mean wound size in honey dressing was 23.16 cm2 and 23.03 cm2 in povidone dressings  at baseline, 23.16 cm2 and 22.94 cm2 at 1st day follow up, 23.16 cm2 and 22.94 cm2 at 3rd day follow up, 19.38 cm2 and  20.28 cm2 at 5th day follow up, 16.13 cm2 and 17.06 cm2 at 7th day follow up, 12.44 cm2 and  16.13 cm2 at 10th day follow up and the end of 15th day, it was 10.69 cm2 and 15.06 cm2 respectively in honey dressing group and povidone dressing group. The difference in the wound size in honey dressing group and povidone dressing group at 1st day, 3rd day, 5th day, 7th day, 10th day follow up period were statistically not significant (p>0.05). The difference in the wound size in honey dressing group at 15th day follow up period were statistically significant (p<0.05).

Conclusions: This study shows more favorable results with honey dressing for reduction of wound size in diabetic foot ulcers.


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