Frequently Asked Questions
What is L-Mesitran?
L-Mesitran is a range of honey based products indicated for wound treatment. The products are registered in the EU since 2002 as medical devices and can be used in hospitals, nursing homes, homecare and of course by consumers at home. The products all come with instructions for use, detailing the exact use of the products individually.
What does the name L-Mesitran mean?
The “L” stands for the Latin word “ligare” and means: to connect, join or bind. The ‘Me’ part of Mesitran stands for mel which is Latin for honey. The remainder of the word Mesitran is a fantasy word.
Why can’t I just buy honey in the supermarket and apply that straight on the wound?
There are at number of reasons why you should not apply supermarket honey on your or anybody else’s wounds:
1 Honey from the supermarket is not indicated or licensed to be used as a medical device.
2 Honey frequently contains the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which causes wound botulism and can be fatal.
3 Honey can contain al sorts of pollutants that are not dangerous when digested by healthy human beings, but are unwanted in a wound, e.g. heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides.
4 Not all honeys are the same and can vary in their therapeutic effect.
The L-Mesitran products are licensed medical devices for wound management. The production and selection of honeys is done by qualified persons and production and processes are validated and audited multiple times every year by medical device authorities. You can be sure that L-Mesitran products are safe and effective to use.
What is the origin of the honey used in your products?
We use only certified organic honey, harvested conform strict EU guidelines. The honey has to be free from antibiotics, may not contain herbicides or pesticides, heavy metals or other pollutants. We utilize several floral origins, but all honey is tested to meet our medical grade standard. All honey we use is irradiated by gamma radiation to make sure all pollutants that might cause an adverse reaction are killed.
Can L-Mesitran cause pain?
In some cases it happens, yes. It has been reported when using the Ointment and sometimes the Soft. This is due to the osmotic action of the sugars in the honey and the change of pH in the wound bed when applying the products.
The sting usually subsides after a short while. When it does not, one should consult with the physician and perhaps use a painkiller. Another method is to wet the covering gauze with some purified water. This will diminish the osmotic action and can provides relieve.
When a tube of L-Mesitran Ointment is exposed to 25°C/77°F and over, can we still use it?
On the box, the tube and the insert we have stated that the storage conditions are at room temperature, but never over 25°C/77°F. This will cause the ointment to disintegrate and will make it unsafe to use.
I am a diabetic, does the honey in L-Mesitran influence my blood glucose levels?
To date no study done with L-Mesitran with diabetic patients, shows that there is an influence on the blood glucose levels.
Why does the surrounding tissue of the wound turn reddish after the L-Mesitran is applied?
L-Mesitran‚ activates the wound healing process. Within this natural process an inflammatory phase is inevitable. This phase is crucial in order to cleanse the wound of dead tissue and micro-organisms. This inflammatory phase is characterized by the fact that the blood vessels surrounding the wound, supply more blood to the wound area; hence the reddish colour.
The gel/ointment tube appears to be half empty prior to opening.
The content of the tubes is closely being monitored during production, the tubes contain indeed the same amount of product as mentioned on the tube. However the tube design takes gasformation into account and therefore the tubes are slightly bigger than expected.