Tequila Lovers Must Beware of the Margarita Burn

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Tequila Lovers Must Beware of the Margarita Burn

MARGARITA LOVERS NEED A SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT MARGARITA BURN

So I love tequila.  But I’m one of those people who thinks everyone should love tequila.  It’s pretty much the only liquor that isn’t really a depressant.  And I just love it.  Sipping tequilas and mezcals, margaritas, you name it.  There’s really nothing else like it.  But a perfect margarita is its own thing.  It can start an afternoon right and go along with the best of foods.  Especially in hot weather.  But I just might have to reconsider my ardent fondness if I had the misfortune of suffering margarita burn.  Yes, it’s a thing and it’s pretty much brutal.  We’re talking hospital and serious treatment brutal.  All margarita lovers need to beware.

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MARGARITA BURN CAN SEND YOU TO THE HOSPITAL, LEAVE YOU SCARRED FOR YEARS

If you are making margaritas, you know you have to have just a bit of lime juice to make it work just right.  But of course, fresh lime is the best way to go.  So you’ll just have to juice some limes to great affect.  But if and when you do, make sure your skin isn’t covered with lime juice while you’re in the sun for long.  Or else?  Margarita burn will take its turn on you as well.  Lime juice is a photo-sensitizing agent.  So when your skin has lime juice on it and it’s exposed to ultraviolet light -aka sunlight- boom, you could be in for a world of pain for quite some time.

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Margarita burn is such a thing it even has a technical name, margarita photodermatitis.  If you are unlucky enough to endure this, your symptoms will start within about 24 hours.  First you won’t think much of it at all.  It’s just a tingle.  But then it will start to burn.  The affected skin will darken.  If it’s really horrible, the palest skin can even turn black.  But then you’ll get to enjoy raised and even appallingly large blisters.  No, really.  The kind of blisters doctors see from 2nd and 3rd degree burns.  Some folks who’ve suffered margarita burn have sported the scars for several years.

So tequila lovers, enjoy your margaritas responsibly.  And wash your damn hands.

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