Malunggal and his colleagues in the Philippines are hoping to treat the erythema migrans (EM) that afflict thousands of football fans every year.
But the process is not as straightforward as you might think.
To find out how, we spoke to Dr Malunghay, the director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the National Institute of Health in the country.
“It was just a matter of a few months until we had a result.
We have now done a series of tests on the oil that was in the powder and found that the oil was not only hydrating, it also helped to control the swelling and pain that we have been experiencing with the allergy,” he told ESPN FC.”
This is what we call a synergy medicine.
It works like an antidiarrheal.
It helps to calm the nerves and help to clear up the allergy.”
The result has been an instant success and Dr Maluang is keen to expand the study to a larger group of patients to find out if there are any more synergistic medicines that can be used to treat EMDs.
In this video, Malunng shares his experience using a combination of herbal medicine and a nasal spray.
“We have found that when we use the combination of the two, the oil has a protective effect.
We tested this in a larger number of people,” he said.”
It helps to stop the swelling, which is why we think that the synergistic medicine could help with the inflammation and pain.”
The scientists hope to take the findings and further investigate the synergy in future research.
Dr Malunugga also revealed that the combination is also helpful for people with chronic pain, which can be difficult to control when it comes to allergies.
The research team are currently testing the synergist for people who suffer from pain after surgery or the related complications, and Dr Moro has been researching the same concept for some time.
“[It’s] a combination that’s been used in the past and has also been shown to work well in the patients,” he explained.
“There are two main components, oil and nasal spray, and they’re combined to treat both conditions.
Both of these are very effective in treating the inflammation, but they also have a role in the relief of pain.”
In addition to treating inflammation, the combination also has other effects.
“They are good for the skin because the oil makes the skin hydrate, so it helps the skin to heal,” Dr Malung said.
“The combination also prevents the skin from getting dry, so the skin is less susceptible to infections.”
Dr Malung also stressed that the two-drug combination can be administered once a day.
“In the morning, the patient can start with the combination and at night, they can use it for the whole day,” he added.
“The combination has two different ways of taking it.
The first is that the patient will use the nasal spray to control their breathing and stop their body from drying out.
The second is that they can start using the oil to calm down the nerves.”
The team hopes that this research will help to develop new therapies that will be able to be used in concert with existing medicines to help those with EMD sufferers.