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Raw Butternut Squash Causing Skin Irritation?

Yesterday I prepped some raw butternut squash for a lasagna I am going to assemble today. When I finished and was cleaning up, I noticed that the skin on the hand that was most in contact with the squash skin had started to peel. Never had that happen before. In Googling this, it sounds like it's kind of common, like the reaction some have to mango skins. However, I haven't been able to track any specific trigger down other than vague references to "enzymes". Anyone know what in the squash skin is causing this? BF that I live with also has a raw melon allergy that gives him oral hives, so I'm wondering if it's related too.

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