Sugar for Wound Care

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by Motomom34, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Did you know you can use sugar for wound care and healing? I know that honey can help heal a wound but sugar? Researching I found that sugar is used quite often in other cultures to treat wounds. There have been studies done that show plain white granular sugar can heal burns, bedsores plus diabetic ulcers (sugar does not enter the blood stream). Bacteria cannot survive in sugar.

    Mixing honey and sugar together is said to increase the healing process plus honey helps keep the sugar on the wound. There has been a study that compared sugar vs. honey and which was the better healer. It was determined that honey was the better healer but sugar was effective. The comparison study is here: Effects of honey and sugar dressings on wound healing. - PubMed - NCBI

    Using Sugar To Heal Wounds

    I think most of us have sugar in our food storage so this is another. I will be adding a small bag of sugar to my medical bag. It is light and has a longer shelf life then antibiotic/ wound care cream.
  2. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Just like for eating using local honey is even better when possible.
  3. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    Sugar and honey work thru the same mechanism when used as a topical anti-bacterial (not to be confused with an antibiotic which neither is good at). Many sugars (including glucose and sucrose) are hygroscopic and if in high enough concentration, basically work by sucking the moisture out of bacteria killing them.
  4. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    First heard about it when it was used in the first Jack Reacher movie. Seemed so strange I had to look it up.
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  5. runswithdogs

    runswithdogs Monkey+++

    Ummm... Nope :p
    No sugar in dis wee hoose.

    But I used honey for after surgery before & have to say it worked really well. Better than the crappy cream the drs sent home with me.
  6. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    I do know, historically, during the Napoleonic era, numerous soldiers used honey on wounds and also read a few places where they used maggots to clean wounds...I do recall hearing somewhere about using processed sugar but cannot remember where; however, giving the liquid nature of honey and its ability to stick to the wound, it would seem to be the logically choice between the two.
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  7. john316

    john316 Monkey+++

    sugardine, a mixture of iodine and sugar has proved to be more effective. The American Farriers Journal Special Management Report #1…Using Sugar To Treat Those Nasty Wounds stated the following. “One study was done over a 5-year period in which 605 human patients were treated exclusively with sugardine. In nearly all cases, these patients (whose injuries included ulcers, cat scratches and gunshot wounds) healed more rapidly with sugardine than any alternative method of treatment”. This is a link to information on the study.

    Sugar by itself has been used and shown to be effective in the treatment for infected wounds.

    Sugardine, a Great Homemade Antiseptic
  8. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    To take it further, sugars can be cocktails with other naturpathic substances to increase the effects of the healing properties. Sugars ( and by extension Honey) are very good at wound care. Studies have also shown the use of sugars can and often lesson the appearance of wounds!
    Sugar is also good for intravenous medicating like saline solutions, it's a natural substance that the body really accepts. The plus side is that it also converts to alcohol and serves to carry toxins out of the body! Why it isn't used more in the American medical commnity is above my pay grade, but I do know many of its uses and how to employ it!
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  9. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    The FDA and AMA can't make any money on it .
    Same as colloidal silver, which I prefer .
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  10. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @john316 awesome post. Great info on Sugardine. I did not come across this when researching. It is super easy to make-
    I really like that they say this will not go bad. Sugar is cheap, a lot cheaper then a wound care products from the pharmacy that only last a year or two. I am going to make some of this sugardine.
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  11. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Don't forget molasses! Mix with a little honey and pure glycerin for a longer lasting topical. Can also add renderd resin to solidify the topical to aid clotting and provide a barrier to infection, while providing a longer term application of any medicinals you add to it! Vinegar is also your friend here.
    Don' forget the old science experiment of Sugar, Lemmon and Vinegar. This is not only a very effective disinfectant, but can also be used to aid clotting, and lastly, used for burning out corruption. Add alcohol to aid in sterilization by flame!
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  12. Flight-ER-Doc

    Flight-ER-Doc Monkey+

    The difference is that sugardyne works, and colloidial silver is nonsense.
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  13. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    You can't discount psychological effects. Gotta say, I believe those to be rare.
  14. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Placiebo Effect....
  15. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Why do you say that? You are a medical person so I value your opinion and knowledge.
  16. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++

    It is important to make a very clear distinction between putting something directly on a wound to fight infection vs swallowing something that then is absorbed into the circulatory system and carried to a wound by your blood to fight infection systemically.

    Honey, sugar, maple syrup, etc. are good for topical application (apply directly to a wound) and basically have no infection fighting ability by swallowing them.

    From what I have been able to find silver falls into pretty much the same camp as sugar. It can do good stuff topically, especially in burn bandages, but is worthless orally. I have spent hours and hours trying to find research, any research, that is peer reviewed and provides any substantial validity to oral colloidal silver consumption working. All you can find is anecdotal testimony from various preppers who swear it works and absolutely nothing else. The FDA has shutdown claims of medical benefits as there is no research to substantiate those and sellers can only advertise it as a dietary supplement.

  17. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    @john316 Homerun! Thanks!
    1. Mix one part 10% povidone iodine to two parts white sugar.
    2. Add more or less sugar to make it the consistency of thick honey or peanut butter.
    3. Put the sugardine in a container with a tight fitting lid. The mixture will need stirring now and then but it will never go bad.
    I got a lot of iodine. I need to see if it's a 10% solution...and most of all I need to save this information.
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  18. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    A little more here -
    Colloidal Silver: Risk Without Benefit
    The author is an MD. Note the last three bullet points in the article.
    All that said, if you think it works, try it. After all, the risk and bennies are yours.
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  19. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Carried a mess of sugar packets in my air kit for troops getting road rash or other abrasions. Worked for me - or rather, for them..
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  20. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Sugar can be made into a simple syrup and stored long term in sealed containers. Makes for easy use and a ready quantity for immediate use ether as is, or for cocktailing!
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