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How Maggots Heal Wounds

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:53 PM

Yes, maggots are creepy, crawly, and slimy. But that slime is a remarkable healing balm, used by battlefield surgeons for centuries to close wounds. Now, researchers say they've figured out how the fly larvae work their magic: They suppress our immune system.

http://news.sciencem...eal-wounds.html

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

Just don't think that they're worms, when you're trying to heal your wounds with their help, fellas :innocent:

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τότε μόνο δυο μάτια μπορούνε,
να σε κάνουν να θέλεις να ζήσεις.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

I've heard that leeches are being used more often in medicine again also.  They attach them onto reattached fingers, etc to reduce swelling where venous blood return is slowed.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

I'd rather have maggots used on me than leeches.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

I watched a documentary where a hospital was using maggots on a festering wound a patient had, the wound was bad and needed a skin graft but it was so infected that it was practically decaying.
Maggots were used to clean up the bad stuff, leaving raw yet healthy tissue alone and then they could commence with the skin grafts.

Leeches were also shown in the same documentary as well and I thought it was a pretty neat idea. It's easy, doesn't involve pharmaceuticals and is non-toxic plus nature is doing the dirty work and is not a strain on the body.
I think it is great.


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:22 AM

Still waters, I love the informative things you throw at the forum.
They're always nice and interesting reads :)

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