The Amazing Therapik
Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-07 9:21 AM (EST)
Here's a suggestion for a first aid item I would consider to be wonderful for anyone at all, but ESSENTIAL for anyone with allergies to insect venom. It's a small device called the Therapik, available for $14.95 from LeeValley.com at the following link:
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From several years of personal experience, I can vouch for the amazing effectiveness of the Therapik. The key is that it NEUTRALIZES the venom. Here's the blurb from the Lee Valley website:
The Therapik is used to focus heat on an insect bite to neutralize the venom and avoid swelling and itchiness.
The underlying principle of heat treatment is that the venom of a wide range of insects is thermolabile, meaning the venom is neutralized by heat. The temperature has to be fairly high, 120° to 140°F (50° to 60°C), and since the venom is not at the surface, this means getting the skin surface as hot as you can bear to generate the necessary heat at depth. The Therapik works like a charm.
It is most effective on fresh bites (the venom has not invaded the tissue very far), but removes itchiness from even day-old bites. It takes up to 60 seconds per bite.
It is effective against the venom of bees, hornets, wasps, mosquitoes, blackflies, ants, jellyfish, fleas, ticks and even stinging nettle. Not recommended for the non-thermolabile venom of spiders, scorpions or snakes.
Uses a single 9V alkaline battery (not included). We offer a battery for your convenience, but suggest you purchase one locally.
I use my Therapik often for mosquito and/or black fly bites, but on the rare occasion of a bee or wasp sting, if you use it immediately after the sting it nearly completely stops the pain within minutes. Absolutely amazing. The heat is really not an issue: since you control how long you leave it on, you can stop the heat instantly when it gets to be uncomfortable. This is a truly wonderful product.
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