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December 3, 1910

Phenol in Herpes

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Bedford, N. Y.

JAMA. 1910;55(23):1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330230056025

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To the Editor:—  For the past four years I have treated herpes with an application of a 95 per cent, solution of phenol. As soon as the skin begins to turn white I neutralize the phenol effect with alcohol. In many cases one application suffices; in no case is it necessary to make more than three applications. After one application of the 95 per cent. phenol I dress the lesions with a simple ointment like zinc oxid. It is surprising how quickly it will relieve the pain, itching and burning. The vesicles shrivel and dry up in a very short time leaving a dry crust. I first used it in herpes progenitalis with such satisfactory results that I was led to try it for herpes zoster, in which it gave equally satisfactory results. Looking over the literature of herpes, I have not been able to find phenol mentioned in its

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