Woman Tried to Treat Athlete’s Foot with Raw Garlic. It Burned Through Her Toe.

Live Science | 7/20/2018 | Staff
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A woman in England learned the hard way that it's not safe to treat a foot fungus infection by covering it with slices of raw garlic, according to a new report of the woman's case.

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So, the woman went ahead and sliced up raw garlic. She then applied the slices to her toe for up to 4 hours a day over the course of four weeks.

It didn't work. When she finally went to the doctor's office, she still had the fungal infection, as well as red and painfully blistered skin on her foot, said Wong, who treated the woman. Luckily, the woman made a full recovery (at least from the chemical burn). The doctors rinsed the woman's burned foot with water and then dressed it with bandages. Her skin healed after two weeks.

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A 45-year-old woman got burns and blisters on her toe after trying to treat her athlete's foot with raw garlic.

It appears that the woman's painful symptoms were caused by the garlic's sulfur-containing compounds, including a compound called diallyl disulfide, Wong told Live Science.

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"Basically, the strongest agent [in garlic] is the diallyl disulfide chemical," said Dr. Lisa Maier, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine who was not involved with the case report. "That can do two things. It can either irritate the skin, causing a garlic burn. It...
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