Self-treatment of a basal cell carcinoma with "black and yellow salve"

Sandra S. Osswald, Dirk M. Elston, Mary F. Farley, John G. Alberti, Steven C. Cordero, Victor F. Kalasinsky

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Patients may seek "alternative" or "non-traditional" therapies for dermatologic problems, frequently in search of a miraculous cure. However, many of these medicaments contain unknown compounds with questionable benefit and a potential for significant harm. We describe a patient who developed a large ulceration on her nose after applying "black and yellow salves" obtained from Mexico in an attempt to self-treat a basal cell carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)508-510
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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