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Vol. 199, No. 4, 1999
Issue release date: 1999
Dermatology 1999;199:353–355

Paederus Dermatitis: A Report of 46 Cases in Aydın, Turkey

Şendur N. · Şavk E. · Karaman G.
Department of Dermatology, Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey

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Paederus dermatitis is a specific form of acute irritant contact dermatitis caused by pederin, a secretion of insects of the genus Paederus. The disease is characterized by vesicles, bullae and sometimes small pustules on an erythematous base with sudden onset of a stinging, burning sensation. The dermatitis is most frequently seen in regions with a hot, tropical climate. We present 46 cases from Aydın, Turkey, a province well known for its long hot summers. These are the first cases reported from this region. We would like to point out the possibility of Paederus dermatitis in regions with a similar climate and suggest that ‘night burn’ be included among other differential diagnoses of a grouped vesicular and/or pustular lesion on an erythematous base.

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