Severe burn on 81% of body surface after sun tanning

Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg. 2013 Jul;19(4):383-4. doi: 10.5505/tjtes.2013.44522.


We report herein the case of a 42-year-old woman who presented to the Burns Unit with 81% of her body surface severely burned following sun bathing, after applying fig leaf tea as a tanning agent. The patient was hospitalized for 13 days in a Burns Intensive Care Unit, and was discharged for an ambulatory follow-up. The treatment of such burns does not differ from any conventional treatment for heat- induced second-degree burns. The physiopathology of the phytophotodermatitis induced by such homemade tanning solutions rich in psoralen is discussed in detail.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Debridement
  • Female
  • Ficus / chemistry
  • Ficusin / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Plant Extracts / adverse effects
  • Sunbathing / injuries*
  • Sunburn / etiology*
  • Sunburn / pathology
  • Sunburn / surgery


  • Plant Extracts
  • Ficusin