Phototoxic dermatitis due to Chenopodium album in a mother and son

Contact Dermatitis. 2005 Jul;53(1):58-60. doi: 10.1111/j.0105-1873.2005.0456e.x.


Chenopodium album L. subs. album (Chenopodiaceae) is an annual herb with fibrous roots. The plant grows worldwide and frequently in moist areas. Sometimes, the young parts of this plant can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. In this article, we report a mother and her adult son, in whom phototoxic reaction developed on the sun-exposed body areas after eating this plant of Chenopodiaceae family because of rare presentation. We thought that this reaction was probably due to furocoumarins constituent within the plant.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chenopodium album / adverse effects*
  • Dermatitis, Photoallergic / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis, Photoallergic / etiology*
  • Dermatitis, Phototoxic / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis, Phototoxic / etiology*
  • Female
  • Food Hypersensitivity*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Vegetables / adverse effects*