Joel Schlessinger MD discusses a new drug to treat bedbugsWith the recent onslaught of bedbug contaminations across the United States, researchers around the country are studying new drugs and methods to kill these parasitic creatures. One common deworming drug could be the answer to the bedbug problem. Joel Schlessinger MD shares more about this new development below.

What are bedbugs? Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Bed bugs are parasites that feed on human blood. They typically live in houses and hide in beds and bedding. Although not necessarily nocturnal, they are active at night when they feed on their host.

Bed bug bites can cause numerous health problems, Joel Schlessinger MD explains. Skin rashes, allergic symptoms and psychological effects can affect those that have been bitten by this insect.

Joel Schlessinger MD supports the use of common deworming drug to kill bedbugs

A drug usually used to deworm humans and animals, known as Stromectol, might be the key to killing bedbugs. This drug uses a technique called xenointoxication, which means that the host poisons the guest.

The host takes a pill and goes to bed. The bedbugs will then bite the host and a few days later, the bugs will die.

Many people are terrified of bedbugs and spend thousands of dollars fighting them. The xenointoxication method is cost-effective and is very safe for almost all individuals.

“We don’t have this available in our area,” said Joel Schlessinger MD, “but I wouldn’t hesitate to use the drug in the case of a bedbug infestation.”

Joel Schlessinger MD says he has used this kind of treatment before and he has seen excellent results.

“I use it quite often to treat other conditions, such as scabies and various mite infections that occur in conditions like rosacea.”

Take other precautions to avoid bedbugs, Joel Schlessinger MD advises.

Although this medicine can help kill bedbugs, you should not rely only on this form of treatment to entirely disinfect your home.

“Most importantly, make sure the bedding is treated and any offending materials are decontaminated,” Joel Schlessinger says.

Would you ever try xenointoxication treatment? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

Posted Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 10:32 pm
Filed Under Category: Dermatology, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, Skin Care, Skin Care Innovation, Skin Care Myths
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