The return of the common bedbug

Pediatr Dermatol. 2005 May-Jun;22(3):183-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2005.22301.x.


The incidence of skin disease secondary to infestation with the human bedbug, Cimex lectularius, has increased dramatically in the United States and in the United Kingdom. We describe a child with a recurrent pruritic eruption of urticarial, erythematous papules on the face, neck, and extremities. The etiology of her cutaneous lesions was discovered to be a bedbug infestation in the home. The epidemiology, entomology, presentation, and treatment of bedbugs and their bites are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bedbugs*
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Insect Bites and Stings / diagnosis*
  • Insect Bites and Stings / therapy*
  • Pruritus / parasitology*
  • Pruritus / therapy*