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Fire ants to treat psoriasis? New cream made of the insect’s venom helps stop red, flaky outbreaks, scientists claim

Venom from fire ants could one day be used to treat psoriasis, new research suggests.

A skin cream made of solenopsins, the toxic component, helps combat symptoms of the skin condition, scientists claim.

In trials on mice, it was shown to reduce skin thickening and inflammation – both are typical features of the incurable disorder.

Researchers are hopeful their ‘interesting’ findings, published in Scientific Reports, could lead to a cure for humans in future.

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