The Return of the Common Bedbug

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Address correspondence to Neil S. Prose, M.D., Box 3252; Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, or e-mail: prose001@mc.duke.edu.

Abstract

Abstract:  The incidence of skin disease secondary to infestation with the human bedbug, Cimex lectularius, has increased dramatically in the United States and in the United Kingdom. We describe a child with a recurrent pruritic eruption of urticarial, erythematous papules on the face, neck, and extremities. The etiology of her cutaneous lesions was discovered to be a bedbug infestation in the home. The epidemiology, entomology, presentation, and treatment of bedbugs and their bites are discussed.

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