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Kim Kardashian Needs Fire Ants?

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that affects 7.5 million Americans. Kim Kardashian has grappled with this skin disease for years and now, we have learned that compounds found in fire ants may be able to finally offer her some relief. 

Scientists, from Emory and Case Western universities, have released a new study. Their research shows that compounds from fire ant venom could reduce skin thickening and inflammation in psoriasis.

Psoriasis is treated with topical steroids. However, these treatments may have side effects, such as skin thinning and easy bruising.

Solenopsin is the main toxic ingredient in fire ant venom. This substance chemically resembles ceramides, the lipid-like molecules needed for maintaining the barrier function of the skin.

“We believe that solenopsin analogs are contributing to full restoration of the barrier function in the skin,” Dr. Jack Arbiser, professor of dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine, said in a press release. “Emollients can soothe the skin in psoriasis, but they are not sufficient for restoration of the barrier.”