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Sclerodermus domesticus infestation.
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PMID:  21139548     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: Sclerodermus domesticus is an insect belonging to the order Hymenoptera. Female of S. domesticus feeds on larvae of xylophagous Coleoptera and Lepidoptera living in the galleries they dig in old wooden furniture. Human infestation is rare.
METHODS: In the last few months, we observed nine adult patients (7 males and 2 females) who were affected by S. domesticus infestation. Seven patients were antiquarians or restorers and two were housewives. The rash was characterized by erythematous-papular lesions, accompanied by pruritus and/or pain. In addition, 7 patients reported general malaise and fever. In all cases it was possible to find specimens of S. domesticus in furniture or house dust.
RESULTS: Complete remission was obtained with topical corticosteroids, oral anti-histamines and pest control of furniture.
CONCLUSION: Antiquarians and restorers and, in general, the people in close contact with furniture infested by S. domesticus may be stung by these insects. S. domesticus infestation can therefore be considered as an occupational disease in these subjects.
S M Serini; S Alberti Violetti; S M Ferrucci; L Süss; S Veraldi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Giornale italiano di dermatologia e venereologia : organo ufficiale, Società italiana di dermatologia e sifilografia     Volume:  145     ISSN:  0392-0488     ISO Abbreviation:  G Ital Dermatol Venereol     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-08     Completed Date:  2011-05-26     Revised Date:  2012-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8102852     Medline TA:  G Ital Dermatol Venereol     Country:  Italy    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  713-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Dermatology Sciences, University of Milan, I.R.C.C.S. FoundationCa' Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Ectoparasitic Infestations* / diagnosis
Middle Aged

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