An everyday piece of fruit is being blamed for causing severe burns on five young girls in the South Valley. The burns cover much of their bodies.
The five little girls were simply enjoying a summer day in the backyard pool when they decided to make a lime and lemonade stand, little did anyone know that the lime juice would be so dangerous.
Reyghan, Candy, Bailey, Jewels and Jazmyn are all recovering now. But, the marks on their faces, hands and legs show just a glimpse into their painful experience following a fun day in the sun.
All five woke up with painful blisters and were taken to the hospital.
This is a new one. I’m still unclear how they got burns over a wide part of their bodies unless they rubbed limes all over themselves. As noted in the Mayo Clinic article, photo-sensitive chemicals also occur in wild dill, wild parsnips and other plants that you may brush up against.
In a related story I also saw today, don’t touch hogweed either. Same very nasty issue.
Phytophotodermatitis is a skin condition that happens as a result of sensitivity to chemicals in certain plants and fruits. The reaction to those chemicals is triggered when the affected skin is exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet light. Phytophotodermatitis is different from most other sun-related skin conditions because instead of affecting all areas of skin exposed to the sun, it affects only the spots that the chemicals touch directly.
The chemicals that cause phytophotodermatitis are found most commonly in wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, buttercups and citrus fruits, especially limes. When these chemicals get on your skin and then are exposed to ultraviolet light, a chemical reaction occurs that often looks like a sunburn, or it may develop as a red, itchy patch, similar to eczema. The skin may also blister. Eventually the affected area, which feels like a mild to severe sunburn, may turn brown. This discoloration can sometimes last for months.
Now I’m wondering if the “poison ivy” one family member had this summer wasn’t this instead.