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Allergic Skin Disorders

Picture of Phytophotodermatitis Hyperpigmentation

Picture of Phytophotodermatitis Hyperpigmentation

Phytophotodermatitis is a skin condition that results when the skin comes into contact with certain plants and then receives exposure to sunlight inducing an inflammatory reaction. This constitutes a phototoxic reaction due to photosensitizing compounds in several plant families. Limes are a common trigger of this condition. The photo depicts a patient who got oil from the rind of a lime on her hands and subsequently touched her face while sunbathing.

Image Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: Eplasty, vol. 13, 2013: "Phytophotodermatitis"