Maggots speed up cleaning of stubborn wounds By Frederik Joelving | Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Maggots may trump scalpels when it comes to cleaning large wounds that won't heal easily, such as those seen in diabetics, according to French researchers.
To allow such wounds to heal, doctors usually remove infected or dead tissue with scalpels or enzymes, a process they call debridement. But that method is time-consuming and doesn't always work. http://news.yahoo.com/maggots-speed-cle … 00294.html well is anyone willing to try this for stubborn wounds?
I would use them if I had a difficult wound and the doctor recommended it. I understand that they also work well for cleaning dead tissue from extensive burn wounds without the pain usually associated with debridement and without taking any live skin. They don't eat live tissue. On the negative side of this, aside from having the creeps about insects eating my flesh, I think it would be extremely weird to feel them wriggling in a wound. They don't just lie there placidly. So when I said yes, I would expect some drugs, too. Probably a lot of drugs.
It does sound gross, and I admit it made me a little queasy at first, but they do work wonders. While it has been slow coming to the US., Maggots have been used for years in other countries. I have not used them myself, but have seen them work, and it is truly amazing. They eat only the dying flesh, which leaves the healthy flesh to heal. I have seen this work on diabetics with feet ulcers.