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F143 - From Stinging Plants to Fire Ants: Identification, Management and Prevention of Hazardous Plant and Arthropod Exposures

Monday, February 19; 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify the plants and arthropods discussed and recognize the cutaneous manifestations associated with the plant and arthropod exposures
  • Select the most appropriate therapy and/or preventative measures for the various plant/arthropod exposures presented
  • Discuss the effectiveness, mechanism of action and safety of insect repellents


Cutaneous manifestations resulting from exposures to plants and arthropods are commonly encountered in medical dermatology practice. These can have consequences ranging from minor annoyances to serious medical conditions. A broad range of arthropod and plant exposures with dermatologic manifestations will be reviewed. The epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of the selected plant and arthropod exposures will be presented. Updated information on emerging arthropod-borne diseases will be included. Prevention and management of these adverse cutaneous reactions will be discussed. An extensive review of insect repellents will emphasize their efficacy, mechanisms of action and safe use. This activity has been approved by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) for up to 20 MOC Component 2 Self-Assessment points. For more information about MOC, please visit the ABD website at www.abderm.org.


  • Chen, Amy Yuntzu-Yen, MD: UpToDate, Inc – O(H);
  • Trevino, Julian J., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Monday, February 19
3:30 PM
Dr. Trevino / Cutaneous reactions to plant exposures
4:15 PM
Dr. Chen / Hazardous arthropod exposures
5:00 PM
Dr. Trevino / Safe and effective use of insect repellents
Event Details
  • Date
    Monday, February 19
  • Time
    3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Location
    Room 3
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Amy Yuntzu-Yen Chen, MD, FAAD - Handout