Whitfield's ointment

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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. It is cheap and effective [4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ Lionel Fry, An atlas of dermatology
  2. ^ Whitfield Ointment
  3. ^ Electronic Textbook of Dermatology, Common Dermatologic Diseases
  4. ^ Gooskens V, Pönnighaus JM, Clayton Y, Mkandawire P, Sterne JA (October 1994). "Treatment of superficial mycoses in the tropics: Whitfield's ointment versus clotrimazole". Int. J. Dermatol. 33 (10): 738–42. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4362.1994.tb01524.x. PMID 8002148. 
  5. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com Whitfield's ointment