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#1 of 8 Old 07-01-2005, 11:53 AM - Thread Starter
 
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anyone ever sustain a chemical burn from the allyl sulfides in fresh garlic when you mash, press, or cut it?

and apply it topically for an extended period of time without it being diluted?
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Yes, I will get burns on my hands sometimes if the garlic I am handling is very "hot", as in spicy. There is a type of chinese garlic we get that will do this. Try putting the garlic in oil instead. Also, if used in the vagina (as in placing a whole clove inside), you must be very careful not to "nick" the clove as it can cause burns. Some folks even need to wrap the clove in gauze.
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i thought it could. i had to see a dermatologist.

i sustained a second degree burn. my skin lost the ability and was not able to keep bacteria from invading and i got an infection.

eventhough i was keeping it clean.

so now im on amoxicillion 500mg because it festered for a week until i recognized that it was an infection and not in the course of healing. :
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wow, what a bummer - can I be curious and ask what you were treating to begin with? Hope you are better soon!!! Maybe put some calendula on the area to help it along and help avoid a scar?
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oops, never mind - i came across your previous post! Feel better soon!!!
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i have some calendula cream but it has comfrey root infused in it and was wondering if i should wait to put it on until all the open spots were healed?
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oh yeah and yes i feel very stupid about the whole fresh garlic issue...im sure it would have been effective and not hurtful if i had diluted it with something
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I wouldn't feel stupid, how would you know otherwise? The only reasons I know this is because I have been burned, also (actually not just my hands, but the skin on the corner of my eye where I rubbed w/garlic still on my hands, duh...) and once when I saw a patient who wasn't careful about not nicking the garlic suppository she used (my mil/midwife told her that it was very important, but she didn't think it would matter... ) Yeah, I guess I would wait to use the calendula until the wound is semi-dry, I would really need to see it to give you advice. But calendula is wonderful for healing and once the bacteria are treated, use it to keep the skin in that are soft and supple and to avoid scarring. Comfrey is great, too, excellent for wounds, a very nice sitz bath herb, also.
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