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August 24, 2012

Therapik Bug Bite De-Itcher


That's different.


Pocket-size device uses heat which is said to "deactivate" the venom of insects and sea creatures."

From the device website: "Most insect venom is thermolabile (sensitive to heat). Therapik®'s patented technology delivers heat in the specific temperature range necessary to neutralize the venom from over 20,000 different species of insects and sea creatures."    

Does it work?

You tell me.


[via Gizmodo, The Awesomer, and Richard Kashdan]

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Ordered a Magnien from France through Amazon and it shipped today.

Posted by: Paul Biba | Aug 27, 2012 11:14:33 AM

I like Prep******* H for all types of insect bites. It will last about 24 hours. It even works on arachnid envenomation. Follow directions on product, wash thoroughly then apply.

Posted by: John | Aug 26, 2012 7:58:09 PM

These thermal devices do not have good reviews. In Europe they sell small piezoelectric devices that apply a small current to the bite. I have had one for some time and it works quite well for me. I have brought many home for friends and most are pleased as well. For some people, it does not seem to help. Psychological? I have asked the manufacturer, Techmed in Italy, if I can get them in the U.S. and they told me they are considered a medical device and the cost and red tape to get them approved is not worth it to them. Maybe this French amazon retailer will sell you one illegally. It appears so.


Posted by: John Rausch | Aug 24, 2012 3:55:49 PM

From what I remember when looking into this a week ago when it showed up on another website...

It doesn't neutralize the venom at all. It activates the histamine receptors, overstimulating them for about 20 minutes and in a sense shuts them down. However, the poison is still there, and will activate the histamine receptors once again when they calm down!

Posted by: clifyt | Aug 24, 2012 1:21:43 PM

I just bought one of these. It should arrive soon. We are in the middle of mosquito season here and if I'm going to get West Nile I don't want to be itchy and uncomfortable!

Posted by: Brett Kling | Aug 24, 2012 10:48:29 AM

The question I always have to ask when something like this comes along is, if it really works, why doesn't everyone use it? Why don't dermatologist's offices stock one of these per examining room? Why aren't they next to the bugspray and itch cream in the supermarket aisles?

Possibly because the world is not yet ready for this revolutionary new device.

Or possibly because it's a load of hooey.

Posted by: Nathan | Aug 24, 2012 10:00:03 AM

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