Clinical and mycological benefits of topical application of honey, olive oil and beeswax in diaper dermatitis

  • N.S. Al-Waili
    Corresponding author and reprint requests: N. S. Al-Waili, New Technologies, Inc., and Life Support Technologies, Inc., The Mount Vernon Hospital, 7th Avenue 12 North, Mount Vernon, NY 10550, USA
    Dubai Specialized Medical Center, Islamic Establishment for Education, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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      Twelve infants suffering from diaper dermatitis were treated four times daily for 7 days with a mixture containing honey, olive oil and beeswax. The severity of erythema was evaluated on a five-point scale. Three infants had severe erythema and ulceration, four had moderate erythema, and five had moderate erythema with maceration. The initial mean lesion score of 2.91 ± 0.79 declined significantly (p < 0.05) to 2.0 ± 0.98 (day 3), 1.25 ± 0.96 (day 5) and 0.66 ± 0.98 (day 7). Candida albicans was isolated initially from four patients, but from only two patients after treatment. This topical treatment was safe and well-tolerated, and demonstrated clinical and mycological benefits in the treatment of diaper dermatitis.



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