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phytophotodermatitis

Definitions

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  • n. A condition in which the skin becomes hypersensitive to ultraviolet light, caused by contact with the photosensitizing compounds found naturally in some plants.

Etymologies

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phyto- +‎ photodermatitis

Examples

  • A 2007 article in the New Zealand Medical Journal said the hogweed caused harm when plant compounds reacted with sunlight on skin, causing a condition called phytophotodermatitis, which could lead to burns and "large fluid-filled blisters" within two days.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • The medical name for this condition is "phytophotodermatitis," which also appeared in women who used perfumes that contained oil of bergamot, another citrus fruit,

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • This rash, phytophotodermatitis, typically occurs because the citrus juice from a drink such as the popular Corona and lime is splashed accidentally onto skin, while tanning.

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  • One woman had developed phytophotodermatitis after touching her cat, which had been playing in the plant in her garden.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • "In some cases, the symptoms of phytophotodermatitis have been mistaken for child abuse," the journal article said.

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

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