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Millipede burn

Millipede burn
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The effects of a millipede burn on the foot

Millipede burns are a cutaneous condition caused by some millipedes that secrete a toxic liquid that causes a brownish pigmentation or burn when it comes into contact with the skin.[1] Some millipedes produce quinones in their defensive secretions, which have been reported to cause brown staining of the skin.[2]

See also


  1. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.
  2. ^ Eisner, Thomas (2003). For Love of Insects. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press. p. 464. ISBN 0-674-01827-3.

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