Campho-Phenique

Campho-Phenique Cold Sore Treatment Review

The use of antiseptic liquids by physicians to prevent and control the spread of bacterial infections in wound care and surgery was first introduced by Joseph Lister in the late 1860s. In the following years, liquid antiseptics were made available to the household consumer. In 1884, Campho-Phenique, a blend of phenol, camphor, eucalyptus and light mineral oil, was compounded and marketed as a topical liniment. Campho-Phenique has been used to for its antiseptic properties and to treat minor skin discomforts like insect bites and cold sores.

How Does Campho-Phenique Work?

Campho-Phenique’s principal active ingredients are camphor oil and phenol. Camphor oil’s chief therapeutic properties are analgesic and antiseptic. Camphor oil in combination with phenol has an ability to kill off bacterial and fungus growth. This topical liniment also includes eucalyptus oil which is known for its antimicrobial properties. A light mineral oil base serves as an emollient for ease of application in the treatment of cold sores. Campho-phenique effectively dries, protects and reduces the pain and discomfort associated with cold sores.

Campho-Phenique Safety

Campho-Phenique contains camphor oil and phenol to treat minor skin discomforts.This product should be used only as directed. It is a topical antiseptic and is external use only. Campho-phenique should never be used for cold sores inside the mouth.

Conclusion

Campho-Phenique dries cold sore and helps prevent infections and promotes healing. Campho-Phenique is most effective when it is used at the first sign of a cold sore and well-before the blisters have a chance to scab. Campho-Phenique provides cold sore pain and itching on contact. Campho-Phenique’s antiseptic properties keeps the cold sore site clean and reduces the chances of secondary infections. Its emollient base provides moisture to the skin of the lips and promote healing. Campho-Phenique was designed for the temporary relief of cold sores. Campho-Phenique can be directly applied to the cold sore one to three times a day for seven days. Consult your physician if your cold sore symptoms persist for additional treatment options.