Saturday, March 05, 2005

Peroxide, Bacitracin or Maggots?

This could be the question shortly concerning how to treat a dirty or infected wound. It has been determined that the little blowfly larvae are almost miraculous in treating these type of wounds. Can you imagine the sobering effect if the doctor mused, "antibotic ointment or maggots?" What? Yes, maggots.

An ABC news article states:
In living people, maggots clean wounds by eating dead and infected tissue. In
addition, they disinfect the wounds and stimulate the growth of healthy tissue,
said Dr. Ronald Sherman, an assistant professor of medicine and pathology at the
University of California, Irvine. "There is no single other product on the
market that can do all those actions simultaneously."

These little maggots seem to be particularly useful in difficult leg and foot wounds. In a world of rapidly evolving modern medicine and pharmaceuticals, who among us common folk would have looked to maggots? I wonder how many amputations may have been unnecessary.

Just a thought.

You can read the entire article here and draw your own conclusion.


At 3:11 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

But can they fix social security and the existing tax laws?


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