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Diseases Caused by Arthropods and Parasites

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This chapter includes dermatological conditions caused by arthropods and parasites. Mosquitos cause popular urticaria and sandflies cause leishmaniasis. Cutaneous leishmaniasis is an endemic in Sri Lanka, and a number of cases are increasing rapidly. Lice cause itching and secondary infection. Some beetles cause an irritant contact dermatitis of which the presence of ‘kissing lesions’ are characteristic. Scabies is seen worldwide, and Sri Lanka is no exception. Lymphatic filariasis has been in Sri Lanka since ancient times, and lymphatic obstruction leading to elephantiasis is characteristic. Cutaneous larva migrans is a creeping eruption on the skin.

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My gratitude to Dr. Binary Wijenayake, Consultant Dermatologist, Teaching Hospital Karapitiya, Sri Lanka; Dr. D.M. Munasingha, Consultant Dermatologist, Teaching Hospital Kandy, Sri Lanka and Dr. Anjalee Hemage, Medical Officer, Base Hospital Dambadeniya, Sri Lanka for providing clinical photographs. I am especially grateful to Dr. Ranthilaka R. Ranawaka, Consultant Dermatologist for guidance from start to finish and contributing with text and pictures.

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Gunasekera, H. (2021). Diseases Caused by Arthropods and Parasites. In: Ranawaka, R.R., Kannangara, A.P., Karawita, A. (eds) Atlas of Dermatoses in Pigmented Skin. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-5483-4_20

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