International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Review Papers | Ayurveda | India | Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023

A Scrutiny on Keeta Visha with Advertence to Paederus Dermatitis

Sreedevi Anil Kumar

Abstract: Paederus dermatitis (PD) is a true irritant contact dermatitis of seasonal variability. It has worldwide distribution but is mostly reported from areas with hot tropical climate usually at the onset of rain. Paederus beetles are a member of the Staphylinidae family. Paederus melampus is the most prevalent species of Peaderus to be found in India. The contact with these insects affects the exposed site of body such as extremities, face and neck. The beetles are nocturnal by nature and drawn to artificial lighting, they are primarily found in densely populated areas like dormitories and apartments. The accidental brushing or crushing of the female insect against the skin leads to release of its coelomic fluid causing a peculiar irritant contact dermatitis with symptoms like itching, burning sensation, redness, blister formation and kissing lesions. These symptoms need to be timely managed and hence an effective method of treatment is a need. This beetle can be included under the groups of Keetas based on the symptoms it exhibits. In Agadatantra, Keetavisha is described under JangamaVisha. Hence an attempt is made to review Paederus dermatitis and Keetavisha.

Keywords: Paederus dermatitis, KeetaVisha, Paederus insect

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023,

Pages: 630 - 634

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