Sugar as Medicine   

 

If you are like me, you might be a little skeptical when you first hear that sugar can be used medicinally, but I’m not getting my medical advice from Mary Poppins, this is real.  My dog got in a fight not too long ago, and had a sizeable chunk of flesh torn from his shoulder area (he’s ok though), when I took him to the vet I tried to explain that I only wanted him to get what he really needed since I couldn’t afford to over treat him and he gets himself into trouble all too often (yes I control my animal, but I lived in a rural area with lots of feral pigs that he loves get into it with).  I was surprised when the vet told me that he would be fine if I just applied sugar to the wound.  I didn’t believe this, so I looked it up prior to treating him and it turned out to be true, and it worked, here’s how to do it.

  • The sugar is applied topically (to the skin) and not orally. Sugar taken orally will not help fight off an infection and can instead make things worse providing easily consumed food for the invading enemy.
  • The bleeding must be stopped prior to applying the sugar. Applying sugar to a bleeding wound can interfere in the clotting process.
  1. Sugar can first be used to irrigate the wound by dissolving it in water and using a gentle flow from a squeeze bottle to remove any debris that could be in the wound.
  2. After the wound has been cleaned, granulated sugar can be applied directly to the wound and the surrounding area.
  3. Depending on the severity and nature of the wound, the sugar and the bandages should be changed 2 to 4 times a day. The sugar should be removed in the same way the wound was cleaned, with a gentle flow of water or sugar water solution.  If bandages are in short supply, they can be boiled and dried so that you can rotate them, but be careful when handling the bandages so that you do not contaminate them.
  4. Olive oil or honey can also be added to the sugar to create a paste that stays in place easier. But this is more difficult to remove with water than just sugar.

Infection is a serious threat, especially after a disaster when medical aid is harder to come by.  Knowing how to treat wounds with a variety of methods will increase your chances of survival and the chances of those around you.

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