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Maggots Remain Effective At Treating Wounds

Maggots Remain Effective At Treating Wounds

There is nothing new about the use of maggots in a medical setting. Ever since biblical times doctors have been applying maggots to festering wounds, and with great success. But modern medicine has certainly made the use of maggots obsolete, right? Certainly wound treatment via maggots is an archaic form of medicine that has been overshadowed by more effective methods within modern hospitals. Actually this is not the case, as maggots remain one of the most reliable methods of wound treatment up to the present day. In fact, there does not exist any wound treatments that can compare with the efficacy of maggot therapy.

Despite the long proven efficacy of maggot therapy, many hospital patients are repulsed by the idea of allowing maggots to move freely within their open wounds. After all, there’s nothing cute or endearing about maggots. Most of all, many assume that maggots are naturally dirty creatures that could only result in the worsening of wound symptoms. It is well known that maggots thrive within unclean environments, and they are often spotted feeding on the dead flesh belonging to animal carcasses. Unfortunately, most people do not realize that the maggots used for wound treatment thrive within sanitary conditions located in hospitals. In the United Kingdom, maggots are available via prescription.

Not every aspect of the cleaning and even healing properties of medical maggot use is understood by medical experts. One reason as to why maggots make such effective wound-cleaners has to do with the enzymes that they secrete. Maggots do not have teeth, so they won’t cause any further damage to wounds. Maggot enzymes break down dead tissues within a wound, and they are so effective at this that maggot therapy can clean a wound entirely in two to three days. Also, maggots secrete chemicals that can kill dangerous bacteria that could lead to infection. So the next time you sustain a serious wound, give maggots a try.

Would you consider the use of maggots in order to treat an open wound?