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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2011 March;13(1):17-20

language: English, Italian

Insect bite dermatitis caused by Sclerodermus domesticus

Pini M. 1, Balice Y. 2, Tavecchio S. 2, Crippa D. 1

1 U.O.S.C. di Dermatologia, Azienda Ospedaliera San Gerardo, Monza, Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italia;
2 Unità Operativa di Dermatologia, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italia


Sclerodermus domesticus is a species of aculeate hymenoptera belonging to the family Bethylidae. It is generally found in wooden furniture or horsehair or woolen upholstery. This insect is of medical importance as its stings can cause a rash characterized by large red persistent itchy papules. Scleroderma domesticus infestation is controlled by furniture restoration and disinfection using insecticides to eliminate the wood termites they feed on. This report describes the case of three members of the same family with insect dermatosis caused by Scleroderma domesticus stings sustained during their vacation in Sardinia

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