Caterpillar dermatitis

Please see legend of Figure 24.11.

Figure 24.11 Caterpillar (dermatitis): in Scandinavia, every autumn (September-October) some children will ask for medical advice because of intensively pruritic papules or vesicles of their palms. After a directed questioning, the doctor might find out that the child has been playing with - or cared for - a caterpillar, a larva, usually of the species Macrothilatio rubi which has noxious hairs as a protection against bird attack. This benign disorder will resolve by itself within a few days.

Figure 24.11 Caterpillar (dermatitis): in Scandinavia, every autumn (September-October) some children will ask for medical advice because of intensively pruritic papules or vesicles of their palms. After a directed questioning, the doctor might find out that the child has been playing with - or cared for - a caterpillar, a larva, usually of the species Macrothilatio rubi which has noxious hairs as a protection against bird attack. This benign disorder will resolve by itself within a few days.

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