Bedbugs (Heteroptera, Cimicidae): an etiology of pruritus to be remembered

An Bras Dermatol. Jan-Feb 2011;86(1):163-4. doi: 10.1590/s0365-05962011000100028.
[Article in En, Portuguese]


This report describes a 19-year old female patient, who sought medical attention for severe itching of two weeks' duration. Erythematous papules and wheals were found, principally on her upper and lower limbs. Careful anamnesis excluded other etiologies of the pruritus, including those related to internal diseases and medication. Following counseling regarding the need to contract a domestic pest control company, the patient returned to the clinic three weeks later with no skin lesions and bearing a glass jar containing several bedbugs collected following pest control treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Bedbugs*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insect Bites and Stings / complications*
  • Pruritus / etiology*
  • Young Adult