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Lepidopterism is an irritant contact dermatitis caused by irritating caterpillar or moth hairs coming into contact with the skin or mucosa.[1][2] When referring to the cause, moth dermatitis and caterpillar dermatitis are commonly used; Caripito itch (known as papillonite in French)[3][4] is an older name referring to the moth dermatitis caused by some Hylesia species.[5]

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  1. ^ Rosen T (April 1990). "Caterpillar dermatitis". Dermatol Clin. 8 (2): 245–52. PMID 2191798. 
  2. ^ Lee D, Pitetti RD, Casselbrant ML (January 1999). "Oropharyngeal manifestations of lepidopterism". Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg. 125 (1): 50–2. PMID 9932587. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.1.50. 
  3. ^ Thiéry G, Adam S, Coulet O, André N, Meynard JB, Thiéry S (February 2008). "Papillonite" (PDF). Med Trop (Mars) (in French). 68 (1): 27–8. PMID 18478767. 
  4. ^ Vassal, J.M.; Dominique Dauthuille; Jean-François Silvain (1986). "Hylesia metabus, agent de la papillonite en Guyane française" (PDF). Le littoral guyanais : fragilité de l'environnement. Ier congrès régional de la SEPANGUY; Xe colloque SEPANRIT. Cayenne: SEPANGUY. pp. 125–130. 
  5. ^ Dinehart SM, Archer ME, Wolf JE, McGavran MH, Reitz C, Smith EB (November 1985). "Caripito itch: dermatitis from contact with Hylesia moths". J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 13 (5 Pt 1): 743–7. PMID 4078069. doi:10.1016/S0190-9622(85)70216-2. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hossler EW (2009). "Caterpillars and moths". Dermatol Ther. 22 (4): 353–66. PMID 19580579. doi:10.1111/j.1529-8019.2009.01247.x. 
  • Hossler EW (January 2010). "Caterpillars and moths: Part II. Dermatologic manifestations of encounters with Lepidoptera". J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 62 (1): 13–28; quiz 29–30. PMID 20082887. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2009.08.061. 
  • Hossler EW (January 2010). "Caterpillars and moths: Part I. Dermatologic manifestations of encounters with Lepidoptera". J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 62 (1): 1–10; quiz 11–2. PMID 20082886. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2009.08.060. 
  • Katzenellenbogen, I. (1955). "Caterpillar Dermatitis as an Occupational Disease". Dermatologica. 111 (2): 99–106. doi:10.1159/000256344. 
  • Werno, J.; Lesthelle, S.; Doerman, F.; Vincendeau, P. (2002). "Envenimations par les lépidoptères". Revue Française des Laboratoires. 2002 (342): 35. doi:10.1016/S0338-9898(02)80059-2. 

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