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Mom never knew that eating mango could have such severe consequences. Here's her warning
March 5, 2017
Eating a mango while sitting in the sun enjoying a warm summer day sounds like the perfect way to enjoy a slice of tropical paradise. But, for one little girl, this moment of relaxation turned to horror when blisters began to form all over her chest, Melina Kaufman reported on her Facebook page.
Eliana and her dad had spent the day in the pool. She wore sunscreen and a swim shirt to protect her from sunburn, according to CBS Miami. Later that day she went to a friend's house where she picked a Mango from a tree and ate it. The next morning, she noticed a burn with five blisters.
Her reaction to the fruit was not allergic, but rather a condition called phytophotodermatitis. The condition is a combination of a slight sensitivity to a certain food or plant combined with exposure to sunlight, which causes burns on the skin.
According to The Mayo Clinic, phytophotodermatitis is different because the burn only occurs in areas of the skin where juice from the fruit or plant touches the skin. Other fruits and plants that can cause this type of reaction include wild parsnip, buttercups, and citrus fruits.
"We took her to the doctor yesterday and found out [the burn] was from an enzyme in the juice of mangos (and other citrus fruits) that combined with the sun to cause a chemical burn."
Eliana is being treated with a topical ointment to reduce the pain and heal the burn faster. "It is a danger that all parents should be aware of especially in summer. We hope to prevent this from happening to others," Kauffman told CBS Miami.