This Lime Disease Can Cause A Nasty Skin Rash

July 17, 2018

More than 200,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported annually by those bitten by infected ticks, with symptoms that range from fatigue to flu-like. But there’s a lesser-known “lime disease” that doesn't come from ticks and can easily can ruin your day. This lime disease involves the lime fruit and any citrus fruits, which garnishes many a beer and margarita. Apparently when the citrus in the lime juice comes into contact with your skin and is then exposed to UV rays, it can cause a reaction that results in phytophotodermatitis, a reaction that is similar to poison ivy or sun poisoning. Symptoms include redness, blistering, and inflammation. It’s the same reaction caused by a corrosive sap on the giant hogweed, an invasive weed that’s spreading throughout the U.S. According to the Mayo Clinic, the chemical that causes this reaction can also be found in wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, buttercups, and other citrus fruits. While you may have squeezed limes all your life outdoors, you may not have noticed your skin's reaction. To play it safe, keep your limes confined to the great indoors or wash your hands with soap after handling the fruit.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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