Which cutaneous findings suggest methamphetamine toxicity?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: John R Richards, MD, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Skin findings include the following:

  • Delusions of parasitosis and chronic skin-picking may result in neurotic excoriations and prurigo nodularis ("speed bumps") [5]

  • Methamphetamine injectors frequently present with abscess and cellulitis, which they often blame on a "spider bite" [45]

  • Production workers in illicit methamphetamine laboratories may present with extensive thermal and/or chemical burns. [55]


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