Background: Blister beetle dermatitis an irritant vesiculobullous disorder caused by rove beetles when it comes in contact with or is crushed on. Blister beetle dermatitis (BBD) is a seasonal irritant contact dermatitis caused mainly by beetles of the genus. Paederus. It is clinically. Background: Blister beetle dermatitis is an irritant dermatitis caused mainly by beetles of the genus Paederus. It is clinically characterised by acute onset of linear.

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Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology. J Egypt Soc Parasitol ; Case Series and Betle. Dermatitis linearis has many symptoms in common with various other skin conditions; therefore the potential for misdiagnosis is substantial. The various clinical patterns of blister beetle dermatitis observed in these patients are described.

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Verma CR, Agarwal S. Literature review of the causes, treatment, and prevention of dermatitis linearis Brooke A.

Authors have observed that in many cases of blister beetle dermatitis, even on mild touch over the affected area, patient will feel burning sensation and he will immediately pull back the touched body part. Lesions are most commonly found on the face, neck, trunk, and forearms.


Lotion derived from Sambucus ebulus 35 has been shown to soothe itchiness and decrease bretle resulting from eruptions, as well as expedite symptom resolution.

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Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. If a person crushes the beetle and rubs their eye, they can spread the cantharidin to their eye. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Retrieved 11 August Pederin on the skin may be further transferred to other regions of the body, including the delicate skin surrounding the genitals and the eyes, or in some cases directly transferred to the eye itself.

Epidemics of dermatitis linearis are most commonly observed during the rainy ddermatitis or after particularly hot and humid weather patterns. Dermatitis linearisPaederusNairobi fly. Dispersal pattern of Paederus fuscipes Coleoptera: Cantharidin does have some beneficial uses for humans. The most common symptoms are stinging, burning and itching, with later development of erythematous plaques and blisters.

Blister beetles use a potent chemical defense to protect themselves from being dermaatitis by predators.

Natural history and medical importance. Singh G, Yousuf Ali S. J Am Acad Dermatol. HIV-status disclosure and depression in the context of unintended pregnancy among South African women.


Blister beetle dermatitis is a cutaneous condition that occurs after contact with any of several types of beetlesincluding those from the Meloidae and Oedemeridae families. Where are we now? Related articles Blister beetle dermatitis Paederus dermatitis rove beetle.

Citing articles via Web of Science derkatitis. Parasitic infestation, stings and bites. Frank JH, Kanamitsu K. Paederus dermatitis in Egypt: User Username Password Remember me. 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.

Paederus, sensu lato Coleoptera: Studies on Paederus alfierii Koch Coleoptera: The beetle does not have a stinger with which to deliver the chemical and is incapable of delivering an injurious bite.

The best prevention is through improved awareness of dermatitis linearis, which can lead bliter preventative actions, such as brushing insects away instead of crushing them, or screening of windows.