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Suffering with cystic fibrosis. Can a mixture of honey, saline water be inhaled into larynx?

7/19/12 Can a mixture of Honey + water or saline be effectively nebulized, and used safely in a patient with cystic fibrosis? Has nebulized honey been inhaled into larynx , without negative side effects? I am a retired physician ( psychiatrist for 50+ years): grand uncle of a 21 year old now Stanford Sophomore, Mallory, who was valedictorian, 1st in her Beverly Hills, h.s. class, with honors (best athlete:swimming; et al) and other prizes, a nice person. (Recently hospitalized 2-3 times in past year). Doubts she ll live long unless she can survive a total lung donor transplant in 1-2 years. I think manuka honey, if it can be delivered into her lung by inhalation , is a long shot. It hasn t been done, as far as I know. WHY NOT!? YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Sun, 22 Jul 2012
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THere is no precedent for using manuka honey to treat Cystic Fibrosis(CF), however there are anecdotal mentions of using nebulized manuka honey in some cases of brochiectasis and cystic fibrosis experimentally by individuals ( and another site is ).The therapy is nontraditional and there have been no trials done/papers published.
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