A quick reminder to those planning a barbecue or garden party this summer: be careful with lime juice for your cocktails.
It's easy to forget that lime juice can cause extreme burns when the skin is exposed to the sun.
It is therefore crucial to slice the limes and prepare the drinks, wash your hands well and load them with sunscreen before going outdoors for entertainment.
Check out Courtney Fallon, a woman who pressed "hundreds of files" to make margaritas for a family event and had burns on her hands.
Courtney was in Florida for the Memorial Day weekend and had prepared many cocktails for all her guests. Once she was done, she spent the rest of the day by the pool.
The next morning, she woke up with incredibly painful blisters covering her hands.
According to the reports of prevention, Courtney's hands seemed on fire, which does not look funny.
Burns are caused by a disease called phytophotodermatitis, which occurs when chemicals from plants cause sores and inflammation of the skin when exposed to the sun.
Phyto means plant, photo means sunlight and dermatitis means inflammation of the skin.
This happens often with lime juice, and often in summer – so much so that some doctors know it as margarita burn. But this can also be caused by carrots, celery, figs and dill.
Phytodermatitis is due to exposure to furocoumarins, a type of chemical found on the surface of plants used for the process of photosynthesis. If your skin comes into contact with furocoumarins and is activated by sunlight, a reaction may occur.
The symptoms vary depending on the reaction cycle and usually go away on their own, but they can cause a lot of pain. Affected individuals will have blisters on the skin, sensitivity and itching.
After healing the blisters, the person could see dark pigmentation instead.
You have more risk if you have generally sensitive skin, but there are simple ways to prevent phytophotodermatitis.
You will have a better chance of reacting if you touch plants at noon, when the sun is up in the sky, you cook or bartender or you spend a lot of time outside.
After handling plants and vegetables, it is wise to wash your hands thoroughly and then wear sunscreen before going out. You can also wear gloves when handling plants if you know that your skin may be sensitive.
Applying a fresh flannel to the skin can help relieve the pain from blisters, and topical ointments should be applied to keep the area clean and moisturized.
Be careful when you sign up for the lime compression service, agree?