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A Painful Rash in an Austere Environment

Spring 2015

Hellums JS, Klapperich K. 15(1). 113 - 117. (Journal Article)


Dermatologic complaints are common in the deployed environment. Preventive medicine and knowledge of indigenous flora and fauna are cornerstones for forward deployed medical personnel. This article describes a case of Paederus dermatitis in an austere environment, reviews dermatologic terminology, and provides a reminder of the importance of exercising good preventive medicine procedures.

Keywords: Africa; dermatology; Special Operations medic; Paederus dermatitis

PMID: 25770808

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