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Sir.—I am compiling a "Biting Insect Summary" and would appreciate any case reports of unusual allergic reactions, especially systemic (sneezing, wheezing, and urticaria), to bites of insects; ie, mosquitoes, fleas, gnats, kissing bugs, bedbugs, chiggers, black flies, horseflies, sandflies, deerflies, and the like.
Include in your reports the type of reactions (immediate and delayed symptoms), treatment, the age, sex, and race of your patient, the site of the bite(s), the season of the year, and any other associated allergies.
If skin tests and hyposensitization were instituted, I would like the report of both. Please note that it is the biting (not stinging) insect in which I am interested.
If you have found any insect repellent, local treatment, or insecticides of value, I would also appreciate this information.
Please send this information to the address below.
FRAZIER CA. Biting Insect Summary. Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(7):780. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120080102017