What does sugar do to an open wound?

Have you ever heard of someone putting sugar on a wound to help it heal? Yeah, me too. And I gotta be honest with y’all, when I first heard about that method, I was like “what in the world?!”. But then again, we have seen crazier things. People sticking needles into their faces for beauty purposes and whatnot. So who knows?

But let’s face it – if you’re reading this article right now, chances are that you’ve either got an open wound or know someone who does. Maybe it’s just a papercut; maybe it’s something more serious from playing through the house of mirrors drunk at a carnival.

Let us proceed to unpack sugar and explore what happens when we put those sweet white crystals onto our sores.

The Basics: Types Of Sugar

Before delving deep into the effect of sugar on wounds, let us highlight some common types of sugars:

Granulated White Sugar

This is your everyday table sugar made by crushing sugarcane stalks or beetroot juice.

Brown Sugar

A mixture of granulated white sugar with molasses (caramelized brown liquid) added back in thus creating its distinctive brown color.

Powdered/Icing Confectioner’s Sugar

A fine powder made by grinding down granulated white sugar mixed with cornstarch (anti-caking agent).

So why am I telling all this? All will come clear soon enough, simply keep reading!

How Can This Possibly Work?!

Wait what?

Putting sugar on wounds sounds counterintuitive! But here’s the skinny – most bacteria feed off glucose (a type of carbohydrate). When there are high levels present around your sore spot thanks to your blood supply rushing over there like madmen/women during inflammation response), these microorganisms have plenty to fuel themselves with. Basically, think of the sugar like a lure – it draws bacteria in and they’re so focused on their feeding frenzy that they don’t realize there’s something bigger lurking behind the scenes.

And what is this bigger thing? White blood cells (WBCs). When you use sugar as an antimicrobial, white blood cells start to circulate more actively around the affected area. So essentially, by introducing sugar to your wound care routine and facilitating better nutrition for those WBCs you are easing off inflammation.

Who Can Use It?

Sugar therapy can benefit anyone who wants faster healing time of wounds/skin infections. Note though: if someone has diabetes or other conditions requiring dietary restrictions or if one is allergic to topical usage consult your healthcare provider first okay?

The same applies when mixing anything – go easy on how much you choose as using too much may cause skin irritation rather than aiding recovery.

It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyways just because – always make sure that whatever container or implement comes into contact with an open sore or infection site should have been sterilized before use.

Application Methods

Now we come down to brass tacks; below are methods on how one may apply granulated white/brown sugars to external cuts:

Direct Granule Method

Pour some amount onto dried clean gauze until saturated meanwhile avoiding overdoing it in order not irritate area/give visitation allowance for ants under guise of luring bacteria away from honey pot, just saying

Hold onto it while firm enough pressure applied against wound bed itself–covering completely where possible touches border anywhere beyond middle about half inch each side will do fine Got a little carried away there sorry guys!

After application Switch times every several hours/24 hrs max depending severity/appearance after new day dawns replacing once-dampened bandage which adheres close eliminating unwanted airflow mightily maintaining healthy moisture

Sugar Paste Method

Mixing granulated sugar with olive oil or coconut oil until paste is formed although sticky outside but not too much before being careful to avoid immersion into exposed tissue/organs which can lead to infection.

The resulting paste may be applied directly atop wound bed also continuing changing several times over same time as former method, depending on severity.

Wrap Up

Few would have thought that something so commonplace could prove useful in dealing with wounds. Yet this phizz-whizz way of handling cuts brings hope knowing about its ability to discourage harmful microbial invasion whilst helping body build defence in astounding sunny-side-up ways yah know? Better health no longer seems just a wish upon a star anymore especially when some simple repurposing of regular groceries presents an option!

Now go forth dear reader and tell the tale: how sugar helped you cope when your leg got cut by wild weasels at summer camp!

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