A chronic, recurrent skin disorder characterised by intensely pruritic papules and nodules in the trunk and limbs. It usually begins during infancy in the form of an urticarial rash followed by millet-sized or slightly larger pruritic papules that eventually become covered by a blood-coloured crust. Itching of various intensities. Both sexes affected, onset between 1 and 5 years of age. No known cause, and very difficult to treat.
- F. von Hebra:
Traité pratique des maladies de la peau.
Paris, 1854: 479.
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