I understand that there are very little data available for the Electroncic Itch Stopper released by HonTech Foundation.
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Q: What EXACTLY is the Electornic Itch Stopper?
A: It is an innovative product to provide effective relieve against skin diseases and itch.
Q: How does it WORK?
A: In short, it uses HEAT energy to relieve itching.
Q: What is the RATIONALE?
A: Doctors know that UV light relieves psoriasis and eczema, but how? Use activated vitamin D did not give the same effect. It is now known that UV activates a group of genes called stress-genes, which produce stress proteins. These proteins are responsible for keeping the skin healthy and beautiful, and effectively clear up skin problems. Since UV can also cause DNA damage and skin-cancer, it is not the ideal means to activate stress-genes. Many other forms of energy have been found to be not only more powerful than UV in activating stress-genes, but also more effective at clearing up skin problems.
Since heat is the safest energy, it does not cause DNA damage, or skin-cancer, and it is the most effect one in activate stress genes. Also, since the heat destroys toxins below the surface of the skin and shows the best results in clearing up skin-problems, the present invention is intended for the treatment of skin itch, skin rash, and related skin diseases by means of the controlled application of heat.
The use heat in the treatment of skin diseases has been known for a long time. folk remedies using heat exist in many different cultures, and the origins of these remedies are often obscure.
However, the use of heat in the treatment of skin itch and rash is different from such treatment for other skin problems. An article in the British Journal of Dermatology 122(4):501-12, 1990, by Benee A. Glover, Cynthia S. Bailey, Kim E. Barrett, S. I. Wasserman and Irma Gifli, of the Division of Dermatology and Allergy Department of Medicine, University of CA, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, Calif. entitled: Histamine release from rodent and human mast cells induced by protoporphyrin and ultraviolet light: studies of the mechanism of mast-cell activation in erythropoietic protoporphyria, deals with just this issue. In a study reported therein, it was found that heating or prolonged heating at temperatures lower than 45.degree. C. exacerbates skin itch and rash, but does not have any detrimental effect on most other skin problems. Those temperature ranges found effective against itch and rash are generally in excess of 49.degree. C., Sufficiently hot to result in pain if applied to the skin for more than 3 seconds.
Furthermore, for treating itch and rash the temperature must be maintained at the superficial surface, that is not deeper than dermis where the mast cells are located. This must be done without burning the skin, or causing excessive discomfort. The mast cells must be inactivated, but the inner part tissues such as blood vessels must be maintained at a safe temperature, thus avoiding edema and pain. This is so whether or not the inactivation of mast cells is the sole mechanism for stopping itch. There is some variation of the best effective temperature for treating itch and rash, depending on factors which are discussed below.
The inventor has been found that different types of itches and rashes require different treatment temperatures. These best effective temperatures depend, inter alia, on whether the patient being treated is a child or an adult and women or men. All of the treatment temperatures require, however, are within a range of about 10.degree. C. It has been found that the use of these best effective temperatures, to within a tolerance of plus or minus one-half, effectively avoids side effects, such as edema and rebound of itch. And, for most people, temperatures below 49.degree. C. must be avoid, as they worsen itch and rash, rather than providing relief. All of the effective temperatures against itch have been found to be above 49.degree. C. Temperatures of 49.+-.0.5.degree. C. have been fond optimum for children, as have temperatures of 52.+-.0.5.degree. C. C for adults and 47.degree. C. is for toddlers and some temperature sensitive women, in the case of itch.
Different parts of the body have also been found to have different best effective temperatures. For example, 50.degree. C. is the best temperature for a child or an adult face, 52.degree. C. for adult body and arm skin, and 54.degree. C. for adult leg skin. If 50.degree. C. is used for adult leg skin that is thicker than the face skin, the itch will not be stopped and side effects, such as edema and rebound of itch, may result. Furthermore, best effective temperature is also dependent upon the rate at which the skin is heated, and for that reason best effective temperature may change with changed in the material actually in contact with the skin. The above temperatures are for a planar steel heating surface.
The Electronic Itch Stopper is used to relieve itchy skin conditions using the principal of HEAT ENERGY. This method of itch relieve have been proven to be the safest and most effective in addition to known benefits of using drugs and/or steriods. This product is the first to be developed to handle itch relieve in a controlled heat-releasing manner; to accurately address the problem without any worry of over or under heating.
In Conclusion, this product does help itch relieve. 24 hours relieve have been experienced by some users. However, a more typical result is relieve ranging for a few hours.
This author is inno way associated to HonTech Foundation or its affiliates. Information provided herein strictly for educational purposes only. Information researched from various sources by the author.