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blister beetle

Any of various beetles of the family Meloidae, such as the Spanish fly, that secrete cantharidin, a substance that blisters the skin and is toxic to livestock that consume hay contaminated with the beetles. Also called meloid.
An arthropod—Cantharis vesicatoria or Lytta vesicatoria, Family Meloidae—from which ‘Spanish fly’ originates; when applied to mucocutaneous surfaces, it causes erythema, urticaria, and vesiculation; orally, it causes gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, collapse; 60 mg of this nephrotoxic agent may be fatal
Management Ammonia may ameliorate the pruritus induced by blister fluid; corticosteroids may relieve pain


1. a vesicle, especially a bulla, a lesion of the skin.
2. a paste containing an irritant such as cantharides used to plaster onto a horse's leg to produce counterirritation and encourage healing of a strained tendon or ligament.

blister beetle
blood blister
a vesicle having bloody contents, as may be caused by a pinch or bruise.
blister fly
internal blister
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INTRODUCTION: Paederus dermatitis, also known as dermatitis linearis or blister beetle dermatitis is a peculiar irritant contact dermatitis characterized by vesicles and bullae on an erythematous base on exposed areas of the body with sudden onset of burning and stinging sensation, provoked by an insect belonging to the genus Paederus, family Staphylinidae (rove beetles), order Coleoptera (beetles) after being crushed on the skin, releasing the hemolymph pederin.
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Some steps can be taken to reduce the possibility of incorporating blister beetles in hay.
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Canthardin poisoning occurs when blister beetles are ingested by horses feeding on freshly cut alfalfa hay, usually from the central and southwestern United States.
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