Lemonade is a great way to quench your thirst on a hot summers day but its also a great way to get a second degree burn on your skin… Sorry to be a “Debbie Downer” on this one as I know citrus-based cocktails and citrus drinks taste great on a hot day. But when you think of making a citrus drink you probably aren’t thinking about phytophotodermatitis. But after you read this post you will hopefully keep it in mind.
Phytophotodermatitis is basically a name for a rash or burn caused by furanocoumarin, a chemical found in citrus fruits like lemons and limes that makes your skin more sensitive to the sun’s harmful UV rays. When you’re out in the sun squeezing or mixing a citrus drinks, that chemical could get on your hands and make your skin more prone to developing burns.
To prevent it from happening, a good tip, is to stay out of the sun when you’re dealing with citrus fruits. If you’re mixing drinks for a barbecue or outdoor party, do it in the shade and wash your hands with soap and water when your done.
See your doctor or dermatologist if you suspect you have phytophotodermatitis on your skin.
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