Maggot Therapy

Submitted by: triplej 8 years ago in Science

Linda Frank undergoes maggot therapy to treat a foot wound she suffered due to diabetes. WARNING: Gross.
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Female 299
i would rather have my foot amputated. EWW.
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Female 48
I almost wish I had a small decaying wound so I could try that out of pure morbid curiosity }-)
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Male 43
his nose is huge
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Female 103
Watched the follow up vid. The wound is completely covered up with healthy skin and it appears almost back to normal (somewhat misshapen due to loss of tissue, but hell, it still looks like a heel) and she can walk around on it with no problems. Pretty crazy.
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Female 267
This is fantastic! Leeches and maggots are finally making their comebacks in modern medicine!

InvaderTiger, great question. I`m glad you asked it. The reason is because the infected areas are soft since the bacteria breakdown the skin and muscle tissue. Maggots can`t penetrate healthy tissue since it`s so much stronger/tough. It`s not painful, the only sensations the patient will feel is a slight tickle from time to time. People who wear a cast suffer more from the discomfort of itching than those under maggot, moth or leech therapies.

Nature`s little scrubbing grubs. :)

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Male 387
IT wasn`t the maggots that seemed f**ked up to me... the wound was. The skin and like 2cm of flesh were GONE!
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Male 1,556
InvaderTiger,
Not really...somehow they just know.
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Male 56
om nom nom... yum!

nah, that didnt do it for me... AT all chillimac

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Female 55
Wouldn`t this be just a little bit painful? I mean how do they decide what is dead and what`s not? wouldn`t they at least scrape the living skin? Well I dunno. I`ll have to go do some research.
I would not be able to sleep with those on me though *shivers*
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Male 596
coffeeDiiva: Because some people dont know whats an immature maggot and a mature maggot, if you spread mature maggots on that, the next day, if not sooner, the maggots will burrow their heads and cocoon to spread flies...
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Female 40
I`ve seen this in reality. I couldn`t help but throw up a little in my mouth. They do a great job though.
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Male 438
anyone else get a stiffy?
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Male 3,425
Tasty.
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Male 120
awesome
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Female 1,604
OK not to sound like a big deal know it all, but they only feed off the dead flesh, leaving the healthy. they have been doing it for 100s if not 1000s of years. it probably cost the hospital nothing to do it, but they charge you probably 1000s of dollars. heck grow ya own maggots lol
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Female 528
It doesn`t matter how much my brain says this is a good thing, my stomach disagrees
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Male 1,629
"Obviously there is enough therapy in my fridge to cure EDKTM*..."

i will not lie lion that kinda confused me lol

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Male 8,302
Obviously there is enough therapy in my fridge to cure EDKTM*...

[quote]*Every Disease Known To Man[/quote]

And meh... leeches suck!

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Male 1,629
haha theres always that what if factor with tings isnt there
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Female 471
Huh. I mean, if it works, ad it`s safe, it seems to be a very effective method. The only thing that would freak me out is if they would try to eat my living flesh... *shudder*

But since they apparently don`t....awesome!

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Male 1,629
maggots and leechs have been used for centuries funny eh?
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Male 904
cool. i love how we can fin unconventional methods of treating problems.
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Female 4,197
ew ew EW. i tried to watch it but i got as far as the still frame before you press play and i chickened out. that alone was enough to make me feel ill D;
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Male 72
Ok....am I the only one who would think to name each individual maggot should I ever undergo the treament?


I shall name you squishee....and you shall be mine...
and you shall be my squishee XD

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Female 1,269
REPO-
i mean...gross
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Female 165
aha sweet! is there something wrong with me because i`m not freaked out? I actually thought it was kind of cool they got that big in a day!
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Female 414
I don`t really think that anyone will laugh at this treatment in the future, sure it`s not the most advanced treatment, but its the best treatment to remove dead tissue without it compromising healthy tissue... Like In this lady`s case, if she hadn`t done that she would have had her entire foot amputated... I`d do bugs over losing a limb any day!
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Male 524
awesome
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Male 328
when the doctor said they are making a come-back, he wasn`t joking. i`m seeing more and more maggot treatment lately.
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Male 1,629
i dont know how to put this any other way that they eat dead flesh b/c that is what`s encoded in thier DNA flies lay their eggs in dead flesh not live flesh. theres are fly/ other insect species that do lay eggs in live flesh like bot flies etc but ya >.>
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Female 2,064
You -know- people are gonna laugh at us for even trying this in the future. That`s just wrong.
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Male 2,199
wow... they go in pure white, come out dark-brown... also, anyone know exactly why maggots only like bad flesh?
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Female 39
Oh My God.
They`re Like Tiny Zombies.
I Think Im Going To Throw Up.
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Female 1,112
I love this stuff. Medicine is so awesome...Eat right little children...if you get diabetes you`ll get magots
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Female 260
DDDDDDDDDDDD=
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Male 189
I don`t care what any doctor says. That smit just ain`t right.
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Female 340
This would be better than the alternative, as cmanatlan said. After all, maggots get rid of dead flesh, which would give a better chance for the living tissue to heal.
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Female 26
O: :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O
i just ate 2
i seriouasly threw up in my mouth X-(
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Female 662
I honestly feel like I`m going to puke.
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Female 665
I`m afraid to watch this....maybe some other time.
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Female 15,763
OH OH OH OH OH GOD EW.

I just ate.

Dx

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Male 76
oh gaaaaawwwwwd. buncha yuck.
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Female 675
not that weird. maggots only eat dead flesh... keeps things from rotting!
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Male 1,140
yummy
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Male 369
eeeeeeeeeew, but it`s better than having a stump
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Male 976
This might be disgusting, but it is the safest way to get rid of large wounds with dead skin and tissue.
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Male 602
I would do it... Either that or amputation, I would have to go with this.
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Female 1,082
omg i think im gonna barf!
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Male 54
Why would you upload this at supper time?
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Male 382
Link: Maggot Therapy [Rate Link] - Linda Frank undergoes maggot therapy to treat a foot wound she suffered due to diabetes. WARNING: Gross.
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