Lime juice blamed for burns on young girls

Sept. 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

LEMOORE, Calif., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The mothers of five California girls said their daughters were injured by a chemical reaction resulting from lime juice and the sun's rays.

Melinda McDaniel, Denise Kinser and Stephanie Ellwanger said their daughters decided to operate a lime and lemonade stand to cool off on a recent hot day in Lemoore, and it was more than a day before the severe burns started showing up on their skin, KFSN-TV, Fresno, Calif., reported Friday.

"It was my youngest one that woke up screaming and crying, she just couldn't handle the pain," Kinser said. "And there were big blisters that were growing quickly on her, all over her body."

All five girls were soon covered with severe burns and their moms told doctors about the girls' exposure to lime juice.

Doctors determined the condition was phytophotodermatitis, which results from a chemical reaction in the lime juice caused by the sun's rays.

"We want the word out," Kinser said. "We want other parents to know so they don't go through what we've been through."

The girls are recovering from their injuries and have returned to school, but their moms said they have to limit their exposure to sunlight.

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