Phytophotodermatitis: The other 'lime' disease

Ian C. Weber, Charles P. Davis, David M. Greeson

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Phytophotodermatitis is a skin eruption that occurs after contact with photosensitizing compounds in plants and exposure to UV light. There are two common presentations of phytophotodermatitis. Acutely, erythema and vesiculation similar to a severe sunburn are noted. After resolution of the inflammation, the involved skin has marked hyperpigmentation. Many plants have been identified that contain furocoumarins (psoralens), including limes, lemons, and celery. We present a patient with an acute phototoxic eruption and hyperpigmentation after contact with limes during a beach vacation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-237
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1999


  • Furocoumarins
  • Limes
  • Photosensitivity
  • Phytophotodermatitis
  • Psoralens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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