East Tennessee Times
Posted: Monday, July 03, 2017 11:22 AM
Updated: Monday, July 03, 2017 11:22 AM
HEALTH: Sunburn Risks Increase With Touching Lemons, Limes During Summer
Some scarring pictures are the
result of what doctors are calling 'Margarita Dermatitis.'
Dr. Robin Huskey with Well-Key Urgent Care said, "It's actually a much easier way to refer to something we call Phitophotodermatitis."
Margarita Dermatitis is a skin condition that makes you more sensitive to sunburns after touching limes or lemons.
The condition could develop after staying out in the sun for at least 30 minutes after you've come in touch with the fruits.
Dr. Huskey said, "So what you would see would be redness, swelling, sometimes maybe blisters."
Doctor Huskey said it's a rare condition.
"In my experience, this is not very common," she said. "But the group of people we see it most commonly in are food service workers."
And in worst-case scenarios, you could end up with third-degree burns with some effects lasting more than a year.
However, there are ways to prevent the burn.
"You're going to wash with soap and water," Huskey advised.
She also recommended that those touching citrus apply sunscreen SPF 30 and up and reapply every two hours.
"You're going to do the typical things you would do to prevent sunburn to begin with," Huskey said.
If you do end up with 'Margarita Dermatitis', you can treat the symptoms with aloe or ibuprofen for pain. But prevention is key.
"Wash your hands or any surface of your skin that's come in contact with lemon or limes very carefully, and do those sunburn prevention things we recommend you do anyways."
The same ingredient found in limes and lemons that makes your skin sensitive to sunlight can also be found in celery.
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