Whitfield’s Ointment is a salicylic acid and benzoic acid in a suitable base, such as lanolin or vaseline.The original ointment contains 3% salicylic acid and 6% benzoic acid, but other ratios are also used.
It is used for the treatment of fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. It is cheap and effective and can have a slight burning effect that goes away after a few minutes.
It is named for Arthur Whitfield (1868,1947), a British dermatologist, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitfield’s_ointment
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