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Volume 27, Number 7—July 2021

Anthrenus sp. and an Uncommon Cluster of Dermatitis

Loïc SimonComments to Author , Fériel Boukari, Halilou Almou Oumarou, Thomas Hubiche, Pierre Marty, Christelle Pomares, and Pascal Delaunay
Author affiliations: Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice, Nice, France (L. Simon, F. Foukari, H. Almou Oumarou, T. Hubiche, P. Marty, C. Pomares, P. Delaunay); Université Côte d’Azur, Nice (L. Simon, P. Marty, C. Pomares); Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France (P. Delaunay)

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Characteristics of 3 insects found in dwellings during a study of Anthrenus sp. and an uncommon cluster of dermatitis*

Insect pest
Configuration of skin lesions
Time of year
Harmful stage of insect
Location in housing
Treatment for housing
Evolution without treatment
Body part affected
Location in clothes
Bed bugs Face, hands, feet Uncovered areas Frequently 3 or 4 Any season All Beds, sofas Steam >60°C with or without insecticide Exponential
Fleas Buttocks, legs Covered or uncovered areas Frequently 3 or 4 Any season Adult Adults: animals; larvae: carpets, sofas Animal treatment, vacuum carpets and sofas Depending on presence of infected animal
Anthrenus sp. No specific parts Mostly covered areas Isolated Late winter, early spring Larval Baseboards, wardrobes, mattresses, old carpets, drawers Vacuum and cleaning of air conditioning systems Possible spontaneous healing at end of spring

*Treatment for all patients was antihistamines and topical corticoids.

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