After you enjoy a citrusy treat outside, wash your hands immediately. The innocent combination of fruit and sunlight caused a Florida girl's blistering burn, and her severe reaction isn't uncommon.
Phytophotodermatitis, also called "margarita dermatitis" or "lime disease" (not to be mistaken with lyme disease), occurs when a compound found in some plants reacts with sunlight. The ultraviolet rays can cause a red or purple patch on your skin, and sometimes even a second-degree burn. In Eliana's case, a juicy mango caused the painful injury, but common culprits include lemons, limes and celery.
"I had never heard of it and wanted to warn other parents," her mom Melina Kaufmanposted on Facebook. "She is dealing with it well and we are treating it with a prescription topical cream."
Last summer, multiple (gruesome) cases of phytophotodermatitis made the news, especially burns caused by margaritas and lime garnishes. But mangos require a little extra precaution indoors, too. The tropical fruit's skin and leaves contain a toxic irritant that may lead to a rash. Many people also suffer allergies after eating or touching the flesh. Of course you can still enjoy the fruit (and your marg!), but check out these tips for preventing — and treating — phyotophotodermatitis first.