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Mum's warning after toddler suffers 'horrific' burns and blisters from lime juice

By Georgia Weir|

Warning: graphic images of burns and blisters will appear in this article.

A leading child safety group has issued a warning to parents about citrus fruits after one little boy suffered horrific burns from a lime while outside.

"My son over the weekend has developed a chemical burn (margarita burn or Phytophotodermatitis) eating the outside of a lime while playing with it in his little pool. I never knew that this could happen as a parent and my husband and I are mortified with the result of the burn," a mum shared anonymously to CPR kids.

"He is now under the care of our local burns team but it has been a horrible few days!" the mum added.

The mum submitted a number of photos to the paediatric nurses at CPR Kids of her toddler's horrific burns caused by the lime.?

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The lime burns stretched from the toddler's mouth down to his torso. (Facebook / CPR Kids)

In the photos, the burns can be seen around the little boy's mouth and drip marks from the lime juice down his torso also resulted in blistering and burns.

"Have you heard of phytophotodermatitis?" CPR Kids state in a video made for Instagram. "?This is not an allergic reaction and can happen to anyone."

"We know - it's hard to believe that eating a lime outside, could cause this."

According to Dermanet, phytophotodermatitis is a form of plant dermatitis. The skin reaction occurs "after natural photosensitising chemicals (furanocoumarins) present within plant sap and fruits, become smeared onto the skin, and there is subsequent exposure to sunlight".?

After the exposure to sunlight, skin can become red and often blisters. After the immediate inflammatory reaction subsides, there is typically post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which could last for years.

Lime, celery, parsnip and sap are listed as plants and flora that can cause the reaction.

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Health experts warn that skin contact with limes and other fruits can cause burns and blisters in the sun.

Parents were vocally thankful for the timely PSA heading into summer.

"I'd read/heard about this before but didn't realise it could be this bad! I thought it would just be a bad sunburn. Gosh, that's terrifying!"

"I had something similar to this in January. It was the most painful experience in my life. The reaction occurred on my back. Four days of excruciating pain as if I was so sunburnt," another added.

"OMG, I have never heard of this! So timely especially with summer coming up! My little one loves citrus fruits and often wants to bite the skin as well!" declared another.

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