Photodermatits

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at 8:20 am    

When I was growing up I remember girls putting lemon juice in their hair and sitting outside all day in the summer to make their hair blonder. Because of girls doing this it help lead to a widespread problem called Photodermatits.

Phytophotodermatitis occurs when UV light interacts with citrus juice that is on the skin. Most commonly Lime and lemon juice. Any race can be affected but it can be most easily seen in fair skinned patients. Chefs, bartenders, or other food handlers are at increased risk. It is a nonimmunologic phototoxic dermatitis that occurs with agents in certain plants and exposure to UVA light. It can be confused with poison ivy, poison oak, and herpes zoster infection. It will present as edema, erythema, blistering, pruritis and epidermal desquamation. Treatment includes cool compresses, topical steroids, and antihistamines. Preventive measures include washing the fruit juice off the skin with soap and water and exposure to fruits.

If you have any skin discoloration from contact with citrus juice contact our office, we will be happy to see to get you in!

Scott Osborn PA-C