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Whitfield's ointment

Whitfield's ointment is 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. [1] [2] [3]

It is used for the treatment of fungal infections, such as athlete's foot. Its effectiveness is unclear.[4] It can have a slight burning effect that goes away after a few minutes.

It is named for Arthur Whitfield (1868–1947), a British dermatologist.[5]


  1. ^ Lionel Fry, An atlas of dermatology
  2. ^ Whitfield Ointment
  3. ^ Electronic Textbook of Dermatology, Common Dermatologic Diseases
  4. ^ El-Gohary, M; van Zuuren, EJ; Fedorowicz, Z; Burgess, H; Doney, L; Stuart, B; Moore, M; Little, P (Aug 4, 2014). "Topical antifungal treatments for tinea cruris and tinea corporis.". The Cochrane database of systematic reviews 8: CD009992. PMID 25090020. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD009992.pub2. 
  5. ^ Whitfield's ointment