The leeches are placed on the area to be treated. The leeches should not be placed directly on an inflamed area, but directly around it. To garuantee that the leeches suck where they should, they are placed on the skin with a tube.
Leeches are sensitive and may not want to “bite”. Therefore some rules must be followed:
- 1 day before the treatment, the intended area should no longer be washed with soap
- Do not use local creams
- No perfume
- No treatment on days with thunderstorms
The patient feels the bite like a mosquito bite. After that, the area around may burn or hurt a little for a few minutes. This is probably due to the fact that the vessels expand at this point.
The duration of treatment depends on how long the leech sucks and usually lasts 20-45 minutes. Here he sucks 2-15ml of blood (not much more than with a blood sample)