ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
One month before her wedding, burn marks down Erika Lotterhos legs were the last thing she expected.
Lotterhos says she first noticed them Sunday afternoon.
"Just little red dull marks. Like it was an area I missed applying sun block," said Lotterhos.
But in pictures she shared with FOX 35, you can see it got worse.
"I noticed on the second day they were looking a little puffy. By this morning being day three, they turned into pretty significant blisters," said Lotterhos.
One thing really got her attention. "It was the drip pattern," said Lotterhos.
After doing some research, Erika discovered she had Phytophotodermatitis, also known as "Margarita burn".
"I was at my bachelorette party this weekend and we were making fresh margaritas on the boat and some lime juice inadvertently dripped onto my knees," said Lotterhos.
After taking a quick look at pictures of Lotterhos' knees, Dermatologist Dr. J. Matthew Knight agreed with Lotterhos' self diagnosis.
"Phytophotodermatitis is a phototoxic eruption of the skin. Its basically like a sun burn. When you have some sort of photosensitizer, in this case limes followed ultraviolet light, ultra violet A it activates the substance and you end up with a really bad sunburn like reaction," explained Dr. Knight. He says its pretty common. Especially this time of year, it's the right time of year. It's the one time that derms look like magicians because it's such a quandary no one knows what's going on. We've see it a million times before its got this particular pattern to it and we say ah ha! You've been drinking limes or coronas," said Dr. Knight.
The good news is, Dr. Knight says it's not serious but the hyper-pigmentation could stick around for a few weeks.
Not exactly what a bride-to-be wanted to hear.
"I'm getting married in a month. I'm really thankful I'm wearing a long dress," said Lotterhos.
For now she hopes others learn a lesson from her bachelorette party battle wounds.