Maggots are recognized as official medicine
Maggots, the larvae of flies that feed on commonly rotting corpses, will soon be widely used by UK hospitals to treat wounds. There are good reasons for this. It turned out that today maggots are the most effective treatment for wounds infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus, which poses a serious threat to the lives of patients.
The antibiotic methicillin, like many others, has already lost its former power in the fight against infections, since over the decades of active use of these drugs, bacteria have managed to adapt well to them.
Maggots have become a real salvation not only for patients, but also for treating doctors, who have so far worked in constant fear that the patient will develop a resistant (i.e., resistant) antibiotic infection, which is extremely difficult to cope with.Very often, these pathogens lead to the death of the patient, while the arsenal of doctors to combat these bacteria is extremely poor.
Doctors from the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, UK, have been experimenting with maggots for five years to treat infected ulcers.
Dr. Stephen Thomas, director of the biosurgery laboratory at the hospital, said he and his colleagues “designed special bags containing fly larvae that resemble tea bags.” In this form, they are much more comfortable for patients. However, the maggots begin to act somewhat later than if they freely moved in the wound. In addition, the use of the bag is not always possible, especially in cases where quick wound cleaning is required, ”the BBC reports.
All six patients suffering from leg ulcers due to varicose veins treated with maggots recovered much faster than patients treated by standard methods.
At the beginning of treatment, maggots do not exceed the size of a grain of salt, and subsequently grow to five millimeters. Most patients do not experience any discomfort when treated with larvae. At the same time, they are effective in almost 100% of cases. However, such treatment is an expensive pleasure. One course requires about 200 maggots, the total cost of which is about $ 200. At the same time, the standard surgical treatment of such wounds costs no more than $ 30.