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.
It is used for the treatment of fungal infections, such as athlete's foot. Its effectiveness is unclear. 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.
- ^ Lionel Fry, An atlas of dermatology
- ^ Whitfield Ointment
- ^ Electronic Textbook of Dermatology, Common Dermatologic Diseases
- ^ 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.
- ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com Whitfield's ointment