Honey has an antifungal effect against Candida species

JULIE IRISH*, DEE A. CARTER*, TAHEREH SHOKOHI & SHONA E. BLAIR*.

*School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and Department of Medical Mycology and Parasitology, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran.

The incidence of Candida infections is escalating worldwide. The serious nature of these infections is compounded by increasing levels of drug resistance. We report that certain honeys have significant antifungal activity against clinical isolates of Candida species. Importantly, the minimum inhibitory concentration of these honeys would be achievable in a clinical setting.

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