Bullous Reactions to Bedbug Bites Reflect Cutaneous Vasculitis
American Journal of Medicine, 07/11/2012
DeShazo RD et al. – Historically, bedbug bite reactions have been considered to be of minor medical significance. However, the findings presented here demonstrate that the not–uncommon bullous reactions to bedbug bites reflect the presence of a local, highly destructive, cutaneous vasculitis. The histologic features of these reactions resemble those occurring in the Churg–Strauss syndrome. Therefore, efforts to prevent further bites and monitor for evidence of systemic vasculitis should be made in patients with bullous reactions to bedbug bites. Topical treatment with high potency corticosteroids may be useful in the treatment of bullous reactions.