Phytophotodermatitis due to Ruta graveolens

Neil S. Heskel, Robert B. Amon, Frances J. Storrs, Clifton R. White

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We report phytophotodermatitis in a 5‐year‐otd boy, his 6‐year‐old sister and his mother, evoked by their handling common rue (Ruin graveolens), a plant which contains psoralens. Psoralens are photoactive chemicals which, when rubbed on the skin, react with sunlight to produce erythema, hyperpigmentation and blistering. Phytophotodermatitis is an uncommon cause of such ill‐effects, in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-280
Number of pages3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1983


  • Phytophotodermatitis
  • rue (Ruta graveolens)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Dermatology

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