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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-51

An outbreak of blister beetle dermatitis in a residential school: A clinical profile


Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Father Muller Medical Colege and Hospital, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Shibhani Sudheer Hegde
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Father Muller Medical Colege and Hospital, Kankanady, Mangalore - 575 002, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-9727.199376

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Background: Blister beetle dermatitis an irritant vesiculobullous disorder caused by rove beetles when it comes in contact with or is crushed on the skin. Their hemolymph consists of pederin, a potent vesicant responsible for the classical morphology of lesions. Materials and Methods: This was a descriptive study of 42 such cases was seen in a residential school, clinical details and photographs were collected using a standard pro forma and consent form, respectively. Results: Clinically, the lesions were present mostly on the uncovered parts of the body (81%). Due to the irritant nature of the lesions, flexures showed classical “kissing lesions.” Only 11.9% (5) cases reported a history of contact with the beetle signifying a high degree of suspicion to make the diagnosis. Conclusion: This article discusses one such outbreak with mention of the clinical profile and preventive methods of Paederus dermatitis.


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