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Nonvenomous arthropods 

Nonvenomous arthropods
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Nonvenomous arthropods
Author(s):

J. Paul

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.712_update_001

May 30, 2013: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Bedbug (Cimex lectularius)—genetic basis for pyrethroid resistance.

Jigger flea (Tunga penetrans)—a cause of serious morbidity in tropical endemic areas.

Myiasis—expanded discussion of ophthalmomyiasis and nosocomial myiasis.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 22 October 2017

Most medically important arthropods are insects (including mosquitoes, midges, other flies, bedbugs and other true bugs, lice, fleas, and cockroaches) or arachnids (spiders, ticks, mites, scorpions).

Arthropod-related problems include the following: (1) injuries from direct contact (bites, stings, and other penetrating or crushing injuries from spines, bristles, or pincers) and the consequences of such contact (envenoming, allergic reactions, secondary infection of wounds, and transmission of infectious agents); (2) infestation of the patient’s body, skin, hair, clothes, or immediate environment (myiasis, canthariasis, tungosis, pediculosis etc.); (3) inhalant allergy; (4) hygiene and aesthetic issues; and (5) the psychological phenomena of delusion and phobia....

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