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Careful with that lime

By Dr. Joel DeKoven

Photosensitizing compounds in citrus juice, fruits and plants can result in temporary hyperpigmentation and painful blisters

You’re on holiday, relaxing in the sun. You pick up a bottle of Mexican beer, put a lime wedge into it and shake the bottle – accidentally spraying lime juice and beer on yourself in the process. After continuing to spend the rest of the afternoon in the sun, you notice bizarre brown blotches and markings on your chest and abdomen. 

What you’re experiencing is phytophotodermatitis, a reaction between the chemicals in the lime juice and sunlight that can result in temporary red, blistered or hyperpigmented skin.

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