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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

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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