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News from the department of Allergology

Latest entry in the department of Allergology:

Paederus dermatitis

Paederus dermatitis History In 1998, an unusual proliferation of the beetle Paederus sabaeus led to an epidemic of toxic contact dermatitis in sub-Saharan Africa. Cell toxins contained in the hemolymph, which get onto the skin when the beetle is accidentally crushed, cause blistering and necrosis...

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Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer


One of Germany's most accomplished dermatologists with decades of expertise in clinical dermatology. Emeritus professor at the Ruhr-Universit├Ąt Bochum, author of more than 30 textbooks and over 700 scientific publications.