Second degree burn to mustard powder

Danielle Tartar, Kory Parsi, Victoria R. Sharon

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Mustard seeds and powder are commonly used in homeopathic and traditional medicines, in which they are believed to have both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. They are therefore utilized in the treatment of conditions ranging from arthritis to respiratory congestion. Herein, we present a patient with a second degree burn who used mustard powder in the form of a mustard plaster to treat chest congestion. She experienced second degree burn wounds to the lower neck and chest, and recovery with complete re-epithelialization following topical silver sulfadiazine, liberal emollient therapy, and triamcinolone ointment. This case highlights the potential danger of inappropriate use of topical homeopathic remedies such as mustard powder and details a successful treatment regimen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Allyl isothiocyanate
  • Chemical burn
  • Mustard plaster
  • Mustard powder
  • Mustard seed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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