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[IP] ewww gross

Personally, I hope they cure diabetes before I find the following treatment

The following article appeared in the _Irish Times_, Monday 22 March:

If antibiotics won't clear a surface infection, you now have an alternative --
maggots.  Clinical trials have shown that the larvae of the common greenbottle
fly, _lucilia sericata_, can help clear up infected wounds and promote

Dr. Steve Thomas and colleagues from the Princess of Wales Hosptial, Bridgend,
Wales, extol the virtues of lfy larvae in a report in the current issue of the
British Medical Journal.  They believe that maggots might hold promise in
healing wounds involving antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains.

The technique is nothing new and was described in the medical press some
decades ago, but it has been reintroduced in varoius UK hospitals, the authors
note.  They describe how 3,500 containers of sterile maggots have been
supplied to 40 medical centres.

The technique, being described in some quarters as 'biosurgery', involves
applying the larvae to the wound and allowing them to begin digesting material
found there.  Particularly good results have been reported, they said, in the
the treatment of deep infected ulcers which are a common feature of diabetes.

Researchers are unsure as yet how the maggots help, whether they produce
natural antibiotic agents, change the acidity of the wound or simply gobble up
and destroy the invading bacteria as part of their normal feeding process.
There are some results which suggest that they produce growth-promoting agents
which speed healing.

Many patients receive larval treatment as a last resort, but the authors argue
that the earlier application of maggots should be considered 'which in many
cases would obviate the need for topical or systemic antimicrobial treatment'.

so...keep checking them feet for unhealing wounds...PLEASE!!!

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