Garlic: A way out of work

Jesse Lachter, Jay P. Babich, Jason C. Brookman, Avi Y. Factor

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Two 18-year-old men were seen for second-degree burns to the dorsum of their knees, ankles, and feet. Upon investigation, it was revealed that the burns were self-inflicted and resulted from the application of crushed garlic with the intent of exemption from work. Reviews of the literature reveal that garlic-induced burns have been previously reported; however, only once before as a factitious dermatitis. The sharp demarcation line between normal and abnormal skin should suggest that a burn is not from hot liquids. Health care providers had best be advised of the side effects of natural remedies and be aware of how garlic may be abused to the advantage of an individual.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-500
Number of pages2
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Lachter, J., Babich, J. P., Brookman, J. C., & Factor, A. Y. (2003). Garlic: A way out of work. Military Medicine, 168(6), 499-500.