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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. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.1.50. PMID 9932587. 
  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. doi:10.1016/S0190-9622(85)70216-2. PMID 4078069. 

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