Comparative Study between Povidone-Iodine and Honey Dressings in Diabetic Foot Wound Healing


  • Nuzhat Jahan, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Jalil Malik, Muhammad Waseem Anwar, Amna Javaid, Saba Aziz



Aim: To compare honey and povidone-iodine dressings in diabetic foot wound healing.

Study design: Comparative analysis-based study

Place and duration of study: Tertiary Care Hospital Lahore, from 25-01-2022 to 25-01-2023.

Methodology: One hundred patients of suffering from diabetes were selected of non-healing wound of lower extremities. The patients were equally divided in two groupsdepending upon the type of dressing (Group-1 Povidone-iodine and Group-2 honey based dressing) applied for the wound healingthrough randomization. The dressing was changed twice daily until healing begins. The Visual Analog Score or pain, healing time and hospital stay was recorded and the success outcomes were compared.

Results:The VAS pain score showed higher pain value in Group 1 whereas there was a marked difference in the pain score of group 2, which was reported to be almost painless by the patients. The healing time within days was also lower in the group 2 as 7-50 days in comparison to 7-76 days in group 1. The outcomes of both procedures were assessed and it was found that there was 100% success rate for resolution of erythema in group 2 while 73.3% of the group 1 cases resolved ecthyma.

Conclusion:In terms of VAS score, healing time, hospital stay and resolution of wound complications the honey based dressing had more efficient results than povidone-iodine based dressing.

Keywords: Diabetic foot, Honey, Antibacterial, Healing, Dressing.