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Australas J Dermatol. 1998 Nov;39(4):265-7.

Topical eucalyptus oil poisoning.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Abstract

Eucalyptus oil is well documented as being extremely toxic if ingested. We report a case of systemic eucalyptus oil toxicity from topical application. A 6-year-old girl presented with slurred speech, ataxia and muscle weakness progressing to unconsciousness following the widespread application of a home remedy for urticaria containing eucalyptus oil. Six hours following removal of the topical preparation her symptoms had resolved, with no long term sequelae.

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