Burns Due to Application of Raw Garlic to the Feet as a Home Remedy for Fever. Academic Article uri icon


  • We present an illustrative case of unintentional burns to the feet of a 15-month-old child following the application of raw garlic as a home remedy for fever. We provide an overview of the historical medicinal uses of garlic as well as its unintended adverse effects. This case underscores the importance of clinicians' ability to recognize unusual presentations of injury due to culturally based practices that require care in emergency settings. This is particularly important in patient populations for whom abusive etiology would be considered.

publication date

  • January 2019