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One margarita, but hold the lime.

One margarita, but hold the lime

Okay, so your friends are going off to have fun in the sun, and you're stuck to brave winter on your own. But be consoled--at least you won't get Club Med dermatitis.

The condition, named and described by Wain White of the New York University Medical Center in the Jan. 30 NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, is a skin rash that results from a drinking game. White observed it on the thighs of an 18-year-old woman who had balanced and rolled limes on her lap during a Caribbean Club Med Vacation.

Limes, as well as celery and parsley, contain furocoumarin, an agent that makes skin more sensitive to the sun. Combination of the lime contact and sunbathing resulted in the rash, which eventually disappeared.
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