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Rakesh, a 7-year old boy had itchy, excoriated papules on the forehead and the exposed parts of the arms and legs for 3 years. The disease was most severe in the rainy season and improved completely in winter. Most likely diagnosis is - (AIIMS May 2012)

A Insect bite hypersensitivity

B Scabies

C Urticaria

D Atopic dermatitis

Ans. A
i.e., Insect bite hypersensitivity

Some guides have given atopic dermatitis and I would like to exclude this option first :-

Exclusion of atopic dermatitis

a. This child is presenting at the age of 7 years with history of disease starting 3 years back àthat means the disease was started at 4 year of age.

b. There is involvement of forehead (face) and exposed part of arms and legs.

c. You can easily exclude atopic dermatitis:-

i. In childhood atopic dermatitis neither face is involved nor exposed part of extremities.

ii. There is involvement of flexures (and sometime extensor surfaces).

Exclusion of urticaria

a. Urticaria presents as itchy erythmatous lesions which are transient.

b. Lesions are usually not excoriated (as given in question) patients tend to rub rather than scratch their lesions.

c. Further, there are many types of urtacaria (e.g. cholinergic, cold etc), but no one is improved in winter, (rather cold urticaria is precipitated by cold weather).

Exclusion of scabies

a. In scabies burrows are a very important feature (not present in this child).

b. Areas involved are: 0 Fingers, web spaces, palms wrist, points of elbow, the buttocks, the abdomen, anterior axillary fold, the legs and feet.

c. Usually there is history of exposure or multiple cases in family.

Now we are left with insect bite hypersensitivity; you can go ahead simply by exclusion of other 3 options. If you still require some explanation, read below:-

Insect bite hypersensitivity

a. In this question the lesions are on face (forehead) and other exposed part of extrimities àyou know insect bite is on exposed parts.

b. Lesions are most severe in rainy season àRainy season is the period when there are maximum numbers of insects.

c. "Insect bites, fungal infections and bacterial infections are aggravated in summer/rainy season".

d. Lesions improved in winter à most of insects disappear during winter.

e. So, this child is most likely suffering from localized (lesions are on the sites of bite, i.e. exposed area) due to repeated bite of the insect.

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