Clinical Cases



Published:  08 February 2010


Cimicosis is a highly itchy, cutaneous response to the bites of Cimex lectularius, a bedbug that can feed on human blood once a week at nighttime. Usual clinical signs of the skin reaction to the saliva are linear groups of pruritic swelling with a central hemorrhagic point. Depending on the location of the bite, small blisters can develop as well (e.g., on eyelids). The efflorescence usually remains for several days and up to 2 weeks. At first, groups of solitary papules are noted, which later tend to fuse together. The predilection sites are uncovered body parts...

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