Allergic Skin Disorders

Picture of Phytophotodermatitis Hyperpigmentation

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Phytophotodermatitis (plant light dermatitis) is an inflammation of the skin caused by contact with certain plants during recreational or occupational exposure to sunlight. The inflammatory response is a phototoxic reaction to photosensitizing chemicals in several plant families; a common type of PPD is due to exposure to limes. The patient had the oil from the rind of a lime on her fingers, which she then touched to her face while sunbathing (“lime” disease). Not to be confused with "Lyme" disease.

    Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology Klaus Wolff, Richard Allen Johnson, Dick Suurmond Copyright 2005, 2001, 1997, 1993 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All Rights reserved.

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