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Margarita Photodermatitis

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Margarita Photodermatitis

Posted by Johns Creek Dermatology in Preventive Healthcare 15 Jun 2018

UV Rays and Lime Juice Can Make You See Red

While relaxing on a hot day, a lot of people like to kick back and enjoy a cold drink. Margaritas are definitely among the most popular summertime beverages. However, Shereen Timani, M.D. warns about a skin condition called Margarita Photodermatitis. Here are some important facts that you need to know about Margarita Photodermatitis.

What is Margarita Photodermatitis?

Margaritas are often prepared with fruits such as lime, which add an extra degree of flavor to the cocktail. Unfortunately, citrus fruits contain high concentrations of chemicals called furocoumarins. If these furocoumarins are allowed to remain on your skin, the chances of you getting sunburn increase dramatically. This is especially true for the folks who plan to spend a lot of time outdoors. Furocoumarins essentially cause a chemical reaction with the sun’s ultraviolent light.

Signs of Margarita Photodermatitis

When dealing with Margarita Photodermatitis, expect to notice a great deal of swelling and redness on your hands and any other body part that was exposed to the fruit. You may also see blisters on your skin. Understandably, some people initially mistake Margarita Photodermatitis for poison ivy. Although you may not experience any symptoms at first, they could arise a day or two later. In some instances, the skin discoloration that stems from a severe burn may last for several months. A Florida man actually suffered second-degree burns on his hands after making margaritas. This is a cautionary tale of just how bad the damage can be.

How to Prevent Margarita Photodermatitis

There are some easy ways to prevent Margarita Photodermatitis. The first step is to thoroughly wash your hands with mild soap after handling the fruit. This will help prevent the juices from absorbing into your skin. Of course, it’s always a good idea to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen before heading outside. The extra protection will certainly help you to avoid getting burned.

What Should I Do If I Get Margarita Photodermatitis?

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of Margarita Photodermatitis, stay out of the sun at all costs. Putting a wet compress on your skin can help bring temporarily relief from the discomfort. To be on the safe side, your best option is to seek professional care for painful burns. Johns Creek Dermatology specializes in treating skin issues such as Margarita Photodermatitis.

Located in North Atlanta, Johns Creek Dermatology proudly serves patients from Alpharetta, Suwanee, Roswell, Duluth, Dawsonville, Cumming and beyond. From skin rejuvenation to vein treatment, Johns Creek Dermatology provides a wide range of different services. If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment with Shereen Timani, M.D., be sure to contact our staff.

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