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AUTHORS REPLY
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 515
Authors' reply


Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication4-Sep-2015

Correspondence Address:
Sumit Kar
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra
India
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Kar S, Dongre A. Authors' reply. Indian J Dermatol 2015;60:515

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Kar S, Dongre A. Authors' reply. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Aug 5];60:515. Available from: https://www.e-ijd.org/text.asp?2015/60/5/515/164388


Sir,

We would like to thank for their interest in our article. [1] The authors have pointed out that the paederus dermatitis cannot be considered as an insect bite reaction. We are aware that paederus dermatitis is a cutaneous reaction caused by irritant contact dermatitis by the fluid it exudes. In a broad sense, any reaction on the skin or any systemic manifestations following sting or contact with their fluid or body parts of insects are considered as insect bite reactions. In fact, most of the standard textbooks of dermatology mentions such skin or systemic manifestations under chapters (headings) such as parasitic infestations, insect bite, and stings. [2],[3],[4],[5]

These textbooks also mention paederus dermatitis in above-mentioned chapters (headings). Hence, traditionally, paederus dermatitis has been included in the chapters related to insect bites, stings, and parasitic infestations.

Also, while explaining to the patients about this condition, there cannot be simpler and easily understandable word other than insect bite reaction.

So, considering all the above facts though paederus dermatitis is an irritant contact dermatitis caused by fluid secreted by an insect, in our opinion, thus, it can be considered under headings such as insect bite reactions.

 
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Kar S, Dongre A, Krishnan A, Godse S, Singh N. Epidemiological study of insect bite reactions from central India. Indian J Dermatol 2013;58:337-41.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Wilson DC, Smith MC, King LE. Arthropod bites and stings. In: Freedberg IM, Eisen AZ, Wolff K, editors. Fitzpatricks Dermatology in General Medicine. 6 th ed. McGraw-Hill Publication; 2003. p. 2289-298.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Burns DA. Diseases caused by arthropods and other noxious. In: Burns T, Breathnach S, Cox N, Griffiths C, editors. Rook's Textbook of Dermatology. 8 th ed. Wiley-Blackwell; 2010. p. 38.1-38.61.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Alexender JO. Skin eruptions caused by beetles (Coleoptera). In: Arthropods and Human Skin. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Tokyo: Springer-Verlag; 1984. p. 75-85.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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James WD, Berger TG, Elston DM. Parasitic infestation, stings and bites. In: Andrews' Diseases of the Skin Clinical Dermatology. 10th ed. Toronto: Elsevier Inc.; 2006. p. 421-57.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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