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Updated on Sep 1, 2020. Posted on Jul 24, 2015

Here Are Some Graphic Pictures Of What Can Happen When You Drink Outside

Warning: This will ruin your summer.

Well, this just looks damn delicious, doesn't it?

Too bad no one ever told you that lime juice + skin + sun = a fucking nightmare.

It's called phytophotodermatitis, and it happens when your skin is exposed to both lime juice and UV rays.

Check out the poor hands of BuzzFeed's Farrah Penn, who thought she'd do a nice thing like make margaritas and spend some time outside.

Courtesy of Farrah Penn

I sadly did the exact same thing last summer. This is why we can't have nice things.

Phytophotodermatitis is a reaction that happens when oil or dander from certain plants gets on your skin and then that's exposed to UV light, which results in a chemical burn.

David Goehring / CC / Flickr: carbonnyc / Via Modified by BuzzFeed Life

Also sometimes called "margarita dermatitis" or "lime disease" or "that disgusting thing that happened after last year's BBQ."

And it can happen to everyone — regardless of your skin type or color. "Anyone who gets a relative amount of oil or liquid from the plant on their skin and then gets an adequate amount of UV light will get the reaction," Dr. Dawn Davis, board-certified dermatologist with the Mayo Clinic, tells BuzzFeed Life.

Most people mistake it for poison ivy, poison oak, or just a really weird sunburn. But tell a dermatologist you were drinking or cooking outside and they'll know exactly what it is. My own derm took one look at my scorched hands and asked, "Ah, Corona?" "Um, fresh margaritas actually, CAN I LIVE?!"

But limes aren't the only culprit — the oils are also found in other citrus fruits, celery, wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, and some wildflowers.

The best way to avoid it is to know that it exists and wash off thoroughly whenever you're exposed to this stuff.

So what if you accidentally slip up and notice THIS?

Courtesy of Farrah Penn

If you notice a mild reaction (some redness, burning, or swelling), Davis suggests applying a 1% hydrocortisone cream two or three times a day. If it's more severe (deeper red, very swollen, lots of blistering or skin eroding), see your doctor ASAP to get a prescription-strength cream. Keep in mind that some reactions may start mild and get worse, so if the hydrocortisone cream isn't helping, go to your doctor.

OK...you fucked up and it's bad. What can you expect?

SO, if your summer plans involve margaritas, Coronas with lime, citrus fruits, or any off-trail hiking, WASH UP IMMEDIATELY.

Courtesy of Kate Dreyfuss

Or else.

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