Skin Eruptions Caused by Mites from Stored Food

  • John O’Donel Alexander

Abstract

Mites infesting food and other organic materials which are stored in bulk can cause serious economic loss and may from time to time cause reactions on the human skin. These eruptions, with various names such as “copra itch”, “grocer’s itch” and Kramerkratze, are probably commoner than the authenticated published reports would suggest. Outbreaks may be confined to one or two persons or appear in the form of small epidemics. They may occur in almost any part of the world, regardless of climate or the ethnic origin of the victims. The mites, mainly Acaridae, have been found on many substrates, a list of which was given by Browning (1942) and included groceries, seeds, bulbs, feathers, hay and many other items. The clinical features, although non-specific, suggest an arthropod origin to the experienced dermatologist. A single clinical description will suffice for the whole group.

Keywords

Dust Shipping Bromide Corticosteroid Paraffin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John O’Donel Alexander
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

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