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Did you know skin, sun, and citrus don't mix? This Minnesotan found out the hard way

Sun + skin + citrus = phytophotodermatitis
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Did you know that getting lime juice on your hand before going outside could be dangerous? One Minnesotan found out the hard way.

Adam Levy, the lead singer of Minneapolis indie rock band The Honeydogs, got an itchy, burning rash on both of his hands after squeezing a bunch of limes and then going out in the sun for a few hours.

Yeah, that's a real thing – it's called phytophotodermatitis; it's a reaction between a chemical in certain plants and UVA rays. And for Levy, it got worse every day.

What started out as a small blister quickly grew and grew until it pretty much became a small person, so Levy went to the doctor to get it lanced. Naturally, he took a video and posted it to Facebook, where it's been viewed over 12,000 times.

If you can't handle icky stuff, leave now – this video is so gross.

TRIGGER WARNING: watch the blister the size of a small child lanced. Give the people what they want!!!!! #phytophotodermatitis

Posted by Adam Levy on Friday, June 23, 2017

We're so sorry to put you through that, but like Levy said in another post, "Who'd think squeezing limes 2 days ago for chimichurri could be so hazardous?"

There are other plants/foods that can cause this nasty reaction, including parsley, celery, carrots, and other citrus fruits.

Phytophotodermatitis doesn't happen to everybody, but it's more common during the summer. So if you're handling those things, Healthline says you should wash your hands thoroughly and wear sunscreen outside.

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