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Maggot Therapy: Using Maggots To Heal Wounds (Disturbing Photos) by katty : June 24, 2018, 08:40:09 PM
Its called Maggot therapy. Its a type of biotherapy involving the introduction of live, disinfected maggots (fly larvae) into the non-healing skin and soft tissue wound of a human or animal for the purpose of cleaning out the necrotic (dead) tissue within a wound (debridement) and disinfection.
Pressure ulcers (bed sores), venous stasis ulcers (common in people with leg swelling, varicose veins, or blood clots), neuropathic foot ulcers (often found in diabetics), post-surgery wounds, or traumatic injury wounds can all benefit.

How does it work?

Maggots can’t properly digest living tissue. They eat only necrotic, or dead, tissue. These medical-grade maggots have the natural instinct to crawl away from living skin to find dead matter, which they consume before moving on to find more necrotic tissue. Once the necrotic tissue is all gone, they will leave the host body on their own in search of other sources. When used for maggot therapy, these larvae are place on the wound site for two to three days, typically contained within the affected area by a wound dressing that keeps them from migrating.

One of the greatest benefits of maggot therapy is “debridement,” or cleansing wounds of dead and infected tissue. But maggots also release enzymes that help disinfect the wound, stimulate the growth of healthy tissue, and dissolve biofilm,which is a collection of microbial cells that form on the surface of wounds, making it difficult for antimicrobial agents to enter.



The thought about being eaten alive is scary but Maggot therapy doesn't hurt , its completely safe and hygienic .

In maggot therapy, large numbers of small maggots consume necrotic tissue far more precisely than is possible in a normal surgical operation, and can debride a wound in a day or two. The area of a wound's surface is typically increased with the use of maggots due to the undebrided surface not revealing the actual underlying size of the wound. They derive nutrients through a process known as "extracorporeal digestion" by secreting a broad spectrum of proteolytic enzymes that liquefy necrotic tissue, and absorb the semi-liquid result within a few days. In an optimum wound environment maggots molt twice, increasing in length from 1–2 mm to 8–10 mm, and in girth, within a period of 48–72 hours by ingesting necrotic tissue, leaving a clean wound free of necrotic tissue when they are removed.

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