SELF MEDICATION! A BIZARRE CONCEPT: 2 CASES OF ORAL CHEMICAL BURN
Dr. Firdous Shaikh*, Dr. Sonia Kaur Sodhi, Dr. Lata M Kale, Dr. Huma Md Saleem, Dr. Gargi Patil and Dr. Vishwas Kadam
Irrational use or self medication of herbal medicinal preparations may be injurious to the oral and oesophageal
tissues either applied topically or ingested. The essential oil based medicaments are either available as powders,
gels, oils, tablets, etc. They may be prepared either by local people, pharmacies or professionally manufactured &
available for use under supervision of an Ayurvedic &/or medical practitioner. These preparations contain
beneficial plant extracts, essential oils which might lead to injury to oral mucosa unknown to patient. Cases of such
self inflicted chemical burn of the oral mucosa in two different persons are reported observed due to use of same oil
preparation available locally, used with varying amount and frequency. History of using over the counter
medicaments for dental ailment should be asked when patients visit the dentist with complains of burning or white
patch in mouth.
Keywords: Eucalyptus oil, Clove oil, Chemical burn, Mustard oil.
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