GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina)- We talked to Dr. Jill Michels from the Palmetto Poison Center about an unproven COVID-19 treatment that is spreading on social media.
This treatment, a medication called Ivermectin, is mainly used on horses to remove parasites from their body. However, some are saying that it can treat COVID-19.
According to Dr. Michels, no one has proven the idea that the medication can treat COVID-19. "Right now, I'd say it's inconclusive, and for people to try this on their own, it's very unsafe and an unhealthy thing to do," she says.
Officials are conducting studies on Ivermectin, but the only data they have is from clusters of cells, not actual humans, according to Dr. Michels.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control recently released a CDC Health Advisory regarding using Ivermectin to treat COVID-19. You can read the advisory at CDC/DHEC Health Alert-Advisory-Update (scdhec.gov).
If you have any questions or if you have any adverse reactions to Ivermectin, you can contact the Palmetto Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222