Here’s why you should think twice before using lime in drinks, the reason is absolutely shocking!

Have you ever had a Margarita Burn? If you haven’t then don’t even wish for it because it is really nasty and the most surprising fact of the cause for such a burn is nothing but that simple lime you squeeze in your Margarita!!! Shocked? Well believe it or not a margarita, fresh lime and the sun can be a deadly combination as one poor bartender found out to his horror.


Justin Fehntrich suffered second degree burns while serving Margaritas to customers outdoors. Limes may be beneficial to health no doubt, but this is one way they should never be used.

1 2nd degree burns from caused by something he least expected

Justin Fehntrich was serving drinks at an LGBT fund raiser in Fire Island. While preparing drinks for the event he had to squeeze about 100 limes. Little did he realise that his actions would send him to hospital with 2nd degree nasty burns on his hands that erupted in blisters.


Doctors attributed the burns to Phyophotodermatitis. And!!! This is most commonly known as the Margarita Burn.

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2 It sounds ridiculous but actually true

Not many would even believe such a possibility which sounds ridiculous but actually true. The Margarita Burn has affected several people as per reports worldwide. Phytophotodermatitis a condition where photosynthesizes in the oil present in juices and vegetables and fruits can create a condition in which the skin becomes sensitive to sunlight. Did you get it now? The lime doesn’t actually cause the burn but triggers the condition making the skin susceptible to getting burnt from sunlight.

Various bartenders have been burnt similarly but not as severe as Justin because he was in the open sun while concocting the drinks.

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3 Here’s what you need to know to prevent margarita burns

Chefs and bartenders are commonly susceptible to the Margarita Burn because of handling citrus fruits. In order to prevent such burns, you need to be aware of the following.

  • Various plants and fruits can trigger such burns when exposed to UV rays form sunlight
  • Unlike sunburn, phytophotodermatitis can only be caused when the skin is exposed to chemicals
  • Besides limes, wild parsley, wild dill, wild parsnips and buttercups
  • Even though it isn’t a rare condition, it is hardly reported in the US which is why doctors aren’t aware of it.
  • Margarita burns can be treated with antibiotic creams similar to burns and need to be covered with sterilized gauze so that skin can heal and regenerate.
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