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Many times, through ignorance, people indulge in self-administered home remedies. The results are often tragic, as the following case report illustrates.
REPORT OF A CASE
Mary L., aged 43, had been troubled with dermatophytosis of both feet for five years. She had received many diverse medical treatments, including x-ray therapy for this condition. Impatience prompted Mary to resort to a remedy suggested by a well-meaning friend who had gathered her information from an article in a digested book magazine. This article suggested the use of a phenol (carbolic acid) and camphor preparation for the cure of athlete's foot. Perhaps it was Mary's embryo-scientific zeal which prompted her to use the preparation on her left foot only, leaving her right foot as a control.
After one application of the remedy she developed a severe erysipelas-like infection with lymphangitis extending from the toes to the groin on
DAVIS PL. ELEPHANTIASIS NOSTRAS VERRUCOSA: Lymphostatic Verrucosis. AMA Arch Derm. 1955;71(5):644. doi:10.1001/archderm.1955.01540290084026
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