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Phytophotodermatitis: the other "lime" disease.

Authors
  • Weber, I C
  • Davis, C P
  • Greeson, D M
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of emergency medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1999
Volume
17
Issue
2
Pages
235–237
Identifiers
PMID: 10195477
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Phytophotodermatitis is a skin eruption that occurs after contact with photosensitizing compounds in plants and exposure to UV light. There are two common presentations of phytophotodermatitis. Acutely, erythema and vesiculation similar to a severe sunburn are noted. After resolution of the inflammation, the involved skin has marked hyperpigmentation. Many plants have been identified that contain furocoumarins (psoralens), including limes, lemons, and celery. We present a patient with an acute phototoxic eruption and hyperpigmentation after contact with limes during a beach vacation.

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