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Mother Says She Was 'Traumatized' When 3-Year-Old Daughter Suffered Extreme 'Margarita Burns'

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Summertime is the right time to break out the blender and make your favorite frozen drinks. While I lean toward a homemade Frappuccino myself, the majority of my friends go for a frozen margarita.

No margarita is complete without fresh lime. The same goes for fish tacos, and for the beer drinkers out there, you know a Corona isn’t right without a lime wedge.

But before you bring out the citrus goodness, you may want to heed one mom’s serious warning. Her daughter’s painful experience may just have you thinking twice before loading up on limes at your local grocery store.

Sabrina Miller made sure her daughter Kaleigh had on plenty of sunscreen before she let her play in the sunshine by a lake.

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Despite her protective and very careful efforts, Miller noticed burns and blisters began to show up on her daughter’s skin a few days later.

“I was just kind of traumatized,” Miller told Inside Edition. “I was like, crying my eyes out, [wondering], ‘What is going on with her?'”

As it turns out, what happened to Kaleigh is surprisingly more common than you might think. The 3-year-old’s burns weren’t just from the sun — she had lime juice on her skin, according to a post on Miller’s Facebook page.

Have you ever heard of 'margarita burn'?

Phytophotodermatitis — more commonly known as “margarita burn” — is a serious and painful reaction that occurs on skin that has been exposed to certain fruits and vegetables and sunlight at the same time.

The most common causes are when citrus juices such as lime or lemon come into contact with the skin, according to “Good Morning America.” The rash forms in a day and can even turn into a second-degree burn.

But it isn’t just these additions to our favorite warm weather drinks that can cause harm. Celery and parsley are known culprits too.

“If you’ve ever scalded your hands under hot water or under steam or anything like that, that’s what it felt like for a constant [day],” Elinda Xavier, a pharmacy technician who experienced the same thing as Kaleigh, told Inside Edition.

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According to Healthline, if your skin is “wet or sweaty” at the time of contact with the juice — like if you’re having those margaritas poolside — the reaction is worse.

Xavier told Inside Edition, “I’ve learned my lesson” and let this be a warning to anyone who plans on whipping up some cool drinks this season — think about skipping the limes (and lemons and parsley and celery). It’s not worth it.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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