Take a Mexican beer, add a lime and you know what you have? A recipe for "Mexican beer dermatitis."
So says a New York dermatologist in a recent issue of Archives of Dermatology. Read what he has to say here, as published in the Orlando Sentinel.
Apparently, it's the lime juice that causes the skin irritation – if not washed off and if exposed to the sun. But "lime dermatitis on unwashed skin" or its technical name "phytophotodermatitis" doesn't quite have the same ring.
We're not saying don't drink the beer with lime; just wash your hands afterward.
-- Tami Dennis / Los Angeles Times