[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
December 2003

Iguana Bite–Induced Hypersensitivity Reaction

Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(12):1658-1659. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.12.1658

Iguanas are becoming increasingly common household pets.1 In their natural environment iguanas are docile creatures1; however, when provoked, especially in captivity, they exhibit defensive behaviors such as biting and scratching. "Push-ups," nodding, and head-bobbing are warning signs that may precede an attack.2 Given the increasing popularity of the pet iguana, related-injuries may become more prevalent. We report a case of a hypersensitivity reaction that occurred after iguana bites.