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Paederus Dermatitis and the Blister Beetle (Spanish Fly)

Specialty:

Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Description:

Blister (rove, vesicant) beetles produce chemical irritants which are used for defense. Beetles of the genus Paedrus secrete the toxic chemical pederin which can cause a contact dermatitis in the evening or at night in tropical countries.

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