The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
First published: 6 March 2015

There is high quality evidence from two trials that honey dressings heal partial thickness burns more quickly than conventional dressings by around five days however practitioners must consider whether the comparator dressings in these trials are clinically meaningful to them. In one of the two trials the control dressing was a polyurethane film dressing whilst in the other the control group received a range of interventions (polyurethane film, paraffin gauze, sterile linen, framyecetin-impregnated tulle, left exposed). It is unclear whether there is a difference in rates of adverse events (very low quality evidence) or infection (low quality evidence) between honey and conventional dressings for partial thickness burns.