1) Can I also use regular honey from the kitchen?
No. Honey used as food is not sterilised and can contain dangerous bacteria, including those that produce botulinum toxins. These bacteria can survive in honey as spores. This means that we can bring bacteria into the wound with honey, where they have great conditions for growth and reproduction and can cause a very severe infection.
Bacteria and other microbes are destroyed by appropriate sterilization. Vivamel is sterilized by means of cold sterilization (e-beam), which affects the properties and the active substances of the honey. Medical honey is therefore sterile.
2) Can I use the product even if I am allergic to honey?
People who are allergic to honey should not use Vivamel products. Those who are allergic to bee sting can use the product in consultation with your doctor or pharmacist.
3) Can the product be used in patients with diabetes?
A clinical study of the use of Vivamel products in patients with diabetes has shown that local application to the wound does not affect the blood sugar level. Therefore, Vivamel products are also recommended for wound care in diabetic patients.
4) Can the product be used in infants and young children?
The main active ingredient of Vivamel products is natural undiluted medical chestnut honey and they are therefore completely safe for use in infants and young children.
Honey, used in Vivamel products is collected in forests and is therefore not contaminated with pesticides or heavy metals.
5) How to properly store Vivamel products?
Store Vivamel products in a dry place with temperatures between 5 to 35 °C. Place them in a lying position, as honey will begin to flow out from the dressing. It is also important that the products not be exposed to sunlight.
6) Why is honey effective for healing?
If it is completely produced by bees, honey is an effective natural remedy that creates a moist environment in the wound and promotes healing without toxic side effects. It has significant influence on the factors that inhibit healing and at the same time, it activates the processes that promote healing.
Numerous studies and clinical tests, including Slovene, confirm the exceptional efficiency of honey in the healing process.
7) Why chestnut honey?
Beekeepers in Slovenia produce many types of honey; basic types are acacia, floral, linden, chestnut, forest, and fir honey.
The healing potential of honey depends on the type of the plant where bees collect it and the enzymes they add to it. In Tosama, we tested all six basic types of honey and performed microbiological and biochemical analyses. The clinical study confirmed the effectiveness of the selected type of honey. A set of analyses confirmed that chestnut honey is the most effective for wound healing.
Chestnut honey is one of the purest honey types and a TREASURE TROVE OF MEDICINAL SUBSTANCES. It contains sugars in ideal proportions, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, hormones, acids, and antioxidants.
8) When should I not use Vivamel?
The use of Vivamel products is not recommended for people allergic to honey. For people with bee sting allergy it is recommended to use Vivamel under medical supervision.
9) Why can the application of Vivamel to the wound be painful?
Some patients may experience a transient burning sensation caused by osmotic pressure. The pain is weakened as the oedema and the amount of excretion are reduced from one change of dressing to the next. Mental preparation of the patient (understanding the osmotic effect of the honey) and additional strategies for persons with painful ulcers, such as gradual expansion of the surface of the wound bed covered with the dressing (smaller surfaces at the beginning) and/or pain therapy in consultation with the doctor.
10) How does the treatment with medical chestnut honey affect the quality of life?
The application of a honey dressing is very simple. Honey reduces unpleasant odours, as the bacteria in the wound feed on glucose instead of amino acids (dead tissue) creating lactic acid that does not have an unpleasant odour and also creates an environment that is not favourable for microbes. Honey also has analgesic properties – by reducing the inflammation (and oedema) the presence of free radicals and irritation of nerve endings are also reduced, which helps ease the pain during treatment. If we use the right type of a dressing with medical honey, we also reduce the number of dressing changes required.
11) What is the quality of the chestnut honey used for Vivamel dressings?
Top quality chestnuts honey is used for the production of Vivamel: it is 100% naturally produced, which means it is made entirely by bees (without synthetic and genetically modified components) and one of the purest types of honey (at least 86% of Castanea sativa). Chestnut honey is collected in forests (not contaminated with pesticides or heavy metals) and produced in accordance with the HACCP system. For each batch of honey, we perform biochemical and microbiological analyses.
The production of chestnut honey in Slovenia is too low for our needs. Therefore, we also use honey from neighbouring countries besides Slovene honey – we only choose honey with appropriate properties.
12) What types of VIVAMEL dressings are there?
For wounds with moderate to abundant excretion, we use Vivamel ALGINAT alginate coating with medical chestnut honey; Vivamel CONTACT mesh with medical chestnut honey for wounds with weak excretion; and Vivamel TUBE medical honey for wounds with weak or no excretion. Liquid medical honey from the tube can also be used in combination with Vivamel ALGINAT or Vivamel CONTACT if we want to enhance the effect (softening necrosis, deep wounds)