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October 1981

Cheyletiella Dermatitis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Wenatchee (Wash) Valley Clinic.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(10):677-678. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650100079038

Mite dermatitis caused by Cheyletiella species has been given little attention in the North American literature. In a recent report of two cases and a review of this problem, Cohen1 was able to find only two instances of human Cheyletiella infestation from North America in the last several years.2,3 Recently, I observed a patient who, with her husband, had a dermatitis caused by Cheyletiella mites.

Report of a Case  In October 1979, an 85-year-old woman was seen because of an eruption that both she and her husband had experienced on an intermittent basis for several months. She complained of individual lesions that would appear suddenly, itch and burn, and disappear a few days later. She and her husband had a cat with scaly skin, but they noticed little scratching by the cat. Physical examination showed small (2- to 3-mm), erythematous papules and papulovesicles on the medial aspects of

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