Citrus Fruits And Sun: A Dangerous Combination That Can Cause Horrible Consequences For Your Skin And Health

Date June 1, 2018

Apparently, citrus fruits and sun exposure is a no-no combination. If you like any drinks containing citrus, you should know what threat citrus fruits pose to your skin when sunbathing. If you accidentally spill your drink on your skin, the result might be horrible: severe painful burns with blisters and rashes.

Margarita burn

Phytophotodermatitis, also known as “margarita burn,” is a chemical reaction between photosensitizing agents in citrus fruits (furocoumarin) and UVA rays, which makes your skin highly sensitive to the sun. This reaction is worse if the skin is wet or sweaty. Dermatologists advise not to use cosmetics containing lemon juice during sun exposure.

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Margarita burn is not your typical sunburn. It’s a very sneaky summer-bummer that starts as a rash usually only within 24 hours of sun exposure. After a few days, the damaged part of the skin can become covered with redness and blisters. That’s when many people start panicking.

However, people often visit dermatologists after the burn has already faded and left specific brown patches on the skin. These patches can be itchy, but typically, they disappear in a couple of weeks or a month.

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How to prevent the "burn"?

Experts claim that you don’t have to be afraid of lemon juices or any citrus drinks. Phytophotodermatitis can be prevented by washing off the citrus liquid. Remember that you should wash your skin thoroughly. Otherwise, the microscopic residue with furocoumarin can remain on your skin and cause the reaction. Dr. Keira Barr, a certified dermatologist, suggests:

The bottom line is that you should keep your limes in your glass, and if you do happen to splash some lime juice on your skin while enjoying the sunshine, be sure to wash it off right away so your happy hour stays happy.

Overall, phytophotodermatitis varies in severity, depending on the quantity of citrus juice on the skin and the duration of sun exposure. It is important to follow the safety rules to prevent any health issues: use sunscreen and don’t sunbathe for too long. Take care and stay healthy!

                                                                                                                                      Source: HealthLine, Today

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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