Applying concentrated heat of ~50°C (hyperthermia) has long been known to be effective against itch and pain after insect bites. Increasingly popular are medical devices using this working principle with several million units placed on the market in Europe. Study data regarding the working principle remains scarce.
With a smartphone powered and controlled bite healer a decentralized study was conducted with 2500 participants. The results show the fast and effective reduction in itch intensity. It proofs to be a safe and easy treatment option for all age groups, on different body parts and for different types of insects.
Additionally, data of more than 3 000 000 insect bite treatments has been analyzed giving deep insights into the mosquito burden of the population during the summer month and regional differences. In the future this data can be used to predict and control mosquito plagues and potentially the spread of mosquito borne diseases.
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Lukas Liedtke Lecturer
Co-Founder & CEO
Lukas Liedtke has a masters degree in Medical Engineering from the KIT. He researched on intraocular pressure sensors at Caltech before founding his own Medtech Start-up in 2018 with an idea from a student project. In 2020 his start-up brought this idea to market - heat it® a medical device to treat insect bites with a smartphone.