Burns due to parsley

Charles Miller 4amiller at bellsouth.net
Thu Sep 18 22:43:32 EST 2003

Please see the reference below, which suggests that psoralen type compounds
on the skin combined with sunlight can induce such burns.



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Burns. 1995 Nov;21(7):542-3.
Burns induced by plants.
Lagey K, Duinslaeger L, Vanderkelen A.
Burn Center Brussels, Neder-Over-Heembeek, Belgium.
Plants of the family Umbelliferae are known to cause a phytophotodermatitis
due to a phototoxic reaction caused by furocoumarin (psoralens) and
simultaneous exposure to sunlight. We report four patients with partial skin
thickness burns, induced by this phototoxic reaction. One occurred after
contact with parsley (Apium petroselinum) and three others after contact
with giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) and simultaneous exposure to
PMID: 8540985 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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