For those of us who can hardly stand seeing grubby insects, it may be frightening to fathom intentionally letting them feast on our open wounds.
But for a small group of patients with diabetes, a round of maggots is just what the doctor ordered, according to one Reuters article.
Participants with limb infections and circulatory problems had 50 to 100 maggots patched to their wounds every two days for 10 days or so. Of 37 people with diabetes receiving maggot treatment, 21 had successful outcomes, the article states, which constituted getting rid of the infection or removing a certain portion of dead tissue from the wound site.
Five patients' wounds were infected with the drug-resistant bacterial strain called MRSA, which has been difficult to treat in patients in recent years. In these cases, maggot therapy prevented more drastic actions to save the limbs, including amputation.
Patients for whom the treatment wasn't successful had more severe infections to begin with, including more inflammation and bone infections.