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Turmeric Can Cause Allergic Reaction

Posting Date: 05/30/2005

Q. I am always interested in the arthritis remedies I find in your column. After reading that turmeric could help, I bought some and took the pills according to directions. Several days later I had such a terrible rash that I had to go to the doctor for prednisone. I'll never do that again!

A. We hope you are doing better. Your story is an important reminder that people can develop allergies to natural products as well as to pharmaceuticals. You are wise to avoid turmeric in the future. Keep in mind that it may be found in curry and yellow mustard as well.

Q. My husband has a plantar wart on the bottom of his foot. It is on the front pad near the big toe. Have any of your readers been successful with home remedies?

A. We?ve been collecting wart remedies for more than 30 years. Plantar warts are found on the bottom of the foot and can be notoriously difficult to treat. Surgery may be painful and is no guarantee that the wart will not return.

Here are some of the remedies our readers have shared:

?Years ago my daughter had eight plantar warts on the bottoms of her feet. She could hardly walk and I tried everything to no avail. A friend suggested squeezing fresh lemon juice on them three or four times a day. We had nothing to lose so we tried it. Those warts turned black and fell off. She was completely healed within four weeks.?

"My husband's golf partner gave us the best advice: IODINE. I painted my grandson's plantar wart with iodine morning and night for six weeks. It went away, no pain, just patience. The cost was less than $2."

Thirty to 90 minutes a week soaking the affected foot in water at 110 degrees F can eliminate plantar warts in about six weeks. People have also reported success with duct tape on plantar warts: Cut a piece of duct tape the size of the wart. Put it over the wart for a week. Remove it, soak the foot in warm water, scrape the wart with an emery board and cover it with new duct tape the following day. This may take a few months to work.