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  • There is itching throughout the body

  • Itch is worse at night compared to the day

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  • Itch is minor

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What is caterpillar dermatitis?

Irritation and inflammation of the skin from "hairy" insects. Possible culprit insects include caterpillars, moths and butterflies.

Symptoms of caterpillar dermatitis

  • Skin Itching

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Skin abnormality

  • Bitten by insect, or visited an insect-infested area in the past one week

Questions your doctor may ask to check for caterpillar dermatitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose caterpillar dermatitis

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Have you had an insect bite over past week or have you gone to a place with many insects?

Treatment for caterpillar dermatitis

Remove the insect carefully, avoiding contact with bare hands. If there are still insect "hairs" on the skins, sticky tape should be used to peel them off. Wash the area with soap and water. If pain is significant, applying ice-packs or creams may help. Sometimes, antihistamines may be prescribed.

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References

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    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2230.1983.tb01748.x

  • Dunlop K, Freeman S. Caterpillar dermatitis. Australas J Dermatol. 1997 Nov;38(4):193-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.1997.tb01695.x. PMID: 9431713.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-0960.1997.tb01695.x

  • Jadoo AS, Treat JR. Caterpillar dermatitis: A brief report. Pediatr Dermatol. 2020 May;37(3):570-571. doi: 10.1111/pde.14126. Epub 2020 Mar 20. PMID: 32198780.

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  • Chandrasekaran M, Mensah R. Caterpillar dermatitis. Indian Pediatr. 2008 Apr;45(4):307. PMID: 18451450.

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Unnati Patel

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (GP / Family doctor)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yukiko Ueda

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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