Lime is ideal for summer: it’s a fresh and refreshing fruit that we love put in our cocktails or salads. However, it could be that manipulating it on the outside (especially in the sun), is dangerous for our skin! This is what experts reveal to the American magazine Women’s Health Magazine.
Joshua Zeicher, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Hospital (USA), explains that acids found in citrus fruits can exfoliate the outer layer of your skin. It makes the skin much more sensitive and vulnerable to sunlight, resulting in burns. It acts like sunburn : you don’t notice it right away, but a few hours later you start to feel redness, irritation and blisters. Some people also saw their hand inflate, sometimes triple in volume.
These rashes or burns, lead to phytophotodermatite : it is the skin reaction caused by the furanocoumarine, a product that can be found in some citrus.
Brown spots on the skin
In milder cases, your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory ointment to reduce discomfort. As the burns heal, it is possible that brown spots (hyperpigmentation) remain on the skin, according to Dr Lee, interviewed by Women’s Health Magazine.
If you got burnt it is anyway strongly advised to go see a doctor.
Handle certain foods inside
In order to avoid this kind of burns, it is advisable to handle certain citrus fruits inside your house, or in the shade. You can also wear rubber gloves for extra protection.
Also make sure to wash your hands well after handling the fruit (s).
Some summer citrus victims posted pictures of their injuries to warn others:
kat-corres on Twitter : ‘Do not squeeze lemon juice by staying in the sun all day. The first picture shows my hand a few days after sun exposure, it was extremely painful and my two hands were swelling. The second photo shows how they are today. It doesn’t hurt anymore but they don’t look like anything anymore. “
Skin burns: why?
A burn is destruction of the skin and possibly underlying tissues by heat. The serious burn, meets criteria defined above all by how heat is spread within the body. The gravity factors are above all the surface of the burn and its depth. Plus the extent of the burn the more severe the burn.
The heat source can be: A flame, hot liquid or from steam, a hot object (saucepan, muffler, electric bulb.), prolonged friction against a hard and resistant object, the passage of Electric power, a Chemical product, exposure to radiations (the most famous radiation is the one due to the sun which causes “sunburn”). Exposure to intense cold causes similar lesions but we speak of gelures.
Symptoms vary according to the degrees. At 1 series, there is redness and mild dehydration. In some cases they can cause a little fever. At 2nd degree, blisters appear in addition to redness of the skin. At 3rd degree, the skin becomes white or black, they are very deep, therefore they can destroy muscles and tendons and damage bones.