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Phytophotodermatitis

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Phytophotodermatitis. In addition to perfumes, a number of plants, grasses, fruits, and vegetables contain psoralen as a photosensitizer. The child who helps mother or father slice limes before a trip to the park may develop an identical eruption on the hands. Celery and parsley may present similar problems. It is important to recognize this entity since some affected infants and children have been mistakenly thought to have bruising from child abuse.

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.

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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on September 15, 2009

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