How squeezing limes and sun exposure can lead to a nasty case of Margarita dermatitis

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Pay heed when making a batch of margaritas, warns Dr. Rajani Katta. When citrus juice, particularly from limes, comes in contact with the skin and is then exposed to the sun, it can make cause Margarita dermatitis. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Dr. Rajani Katta, a professor of Dermatology at Baylor College, describes a condition called Margarita dermatitis. The often misdiagnosed condition occurs when citrus juice comes in contact with the skin and is then exposed to sunlight. Limes are the biggest culprit, but other citrus, including bergamot, can also cause the burns that can be mistaken for allergic reactions and poison ivy.

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