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Fly Spit Speeds Healing

  1. Jan 23, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.betterhumans.com/News/news.aspx?articleID=2005-01-21-4
     
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  3. Jan 23, 2005 #2

    Moonbear

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    Interesting. Though, I have to wonder...if fly spit does such a good job of healing wounds, why don't fly bites heal quickly?!
     
  4. Jan 23, 2005 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    They take big bites?
     
  5. Jan 24, 2005 #4

    matthyaouw

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    By fly bites, do you mean the raised itchy bumps like you get? I think they form as an immune response to the protein, rather than as a direct result of the bite. A bump such as that could persist long after the actual wound is sealed.
     
  6. Jan 24, 2005 #5

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    My experience with these nasty guys is one of coming away with much worse injuries from them as compared to mosquitos. Black flies, and many other biting flies, use more of a laceration method than the syringe-like mosquitos. Here's a site that does a much better job of describing it than I.
    http://www.roberth.u-net.com/blackflies.htm

    From above site:
    The resulting swelling and itch is a histamine-based reaction to proteins in saliva- anticoagulants, etc., potentially exacerbated by the fact that the wound heals faster and doesn't flush out the affected area.
     
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