heat it™ Scientific Study
The treatment of insect bites using heat-based devices such as heat it® leads to significant itch and pain relief. This is proven by the world's most comprehensive study on the effectiveness of thermal insect bite healers.
"Efficacy of Concentrated Heat for Treatment of Insect Bites: Results of a real-world study" - Metz M et al. | Published June 26, 2023 in Acta Dermato-Venereologica by the Society for Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica.
Key findings of the study
1) Insect bites and stings cause considerable itching and pain. The application of concentrated heat relieves this reliably and safely.
2) Across all types of bites tested (mosquitoes, horseflies, bees and wasps), itching is reduced by an average of 78% 10 minutes after treatment.
3) In the specific case of mosquito bites, itching can be reduced by 57% within the first minute and by 81% 10 minutes after treatment.
4) The use of controlled hyperthermia is safe.
Details and methodology
The study was led by Prof Dr Maurer and Prof Dr Metz (Charité Berlin) and was conducted with more than 1,750 people and over 12,000 treated insect bites (observation period June to October 2022). Data was collected using a combination of the heat it™ device with user smartphones. Android users could join the survey mode and rate the effect of treatment directly via the app. The study is based on a decentralised approach and was supplemented by extended questionnaires in order to collect relevant data. Together with the large amount of data, enabled detailed analyses with a high level of significance.
Access to the study
Metz M et al. | Published in Acta Dermato-Venereologica by the Society for Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica | DOI number: 10.2340/actadv.v103.11592 | Efficacy of Concentrated Heat for Treatment of Insect Bites: Results of a real-world study
Accepted May 17, 2023
Published June 26, 2023
After the publication of the study, we carry on our investigations and the survey mode. Our goal is to continue collecting data and insights to achieve further scientific progress in the field of thermal insect bite treatment. Therefore, a big thank you in advance to all our participants for their continued commitment!