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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 267-268

Blister beetle dermatitis

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How to cite this article:
Kalla G, Batra A. Blister beetle dermatitis. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1996;62:267-8

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Kalla G, Batra A. Blister beetle dermatitis. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 1996 [cited 2019 Nov 18];62:267-8. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?1996/62/4/267/4417

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A clinicopathological appraisal of 54 cases of an unusual, seasonal erythemato-vesicular dermatitis seen in post monsoon two and a half months period in the local population of Jodhpur was done. The age ranged between 15 months to 70 years. The common sites of involvement were the exposed parts of the body mainly face and extremities. The main presenting symptoms in majority of the cases were burning sensation, pain and itching of variable intensity. The spectrum of the lesions seen in this study were linear, herpetiformis, zosteriform, patchy and bizzare. The causative beetle could not be found out, however, patients gave positive history of some bite. As extensive study of beetle dermatitis has been done by Handa et al.[1]

The skin biopsy obtained showed characteristic spongiosis and necrosis of superficial epidermal cells with a variable density of focal round cell infiltration in upper dermis.

All the patients responded well in 4-5 days to topical application of emollient creams with no sequlae.

It is being stressed that the condition be kept in differential diagnosis while examining erythemato-vesicular lesions specially on exposed parts during rainy season.

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1.Handa F, Sharma P, Gupta S. Beetle dermatitis in Punjab. Ind J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1985;51:208-12.  Back to cited text no. 1    


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