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December 6, 1941


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Medical Director (Retired), U. S. Public Health Service

JAMA. 1941;117(23):1973. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820490002014a

I have used a combination of phenol and camphor with success for curing "athlete's foot." This preparation may be compounded as follows:

Melt U. S. P. phenol and measure out 3 cc. into a mortar; weigh 3 Gm. of U. S. P. camphor, break into small pieces and add to the melted phenol. Rub until the entire mass is liquefied. Transfer into a vial with a stopper suitable for use as a dauber. Keep stoppered when not in use. Experiments indicate that the ingredients may be mixed in the proportion of 3 parts phenol and 1 part camphor.

The mixture is nonirritating to the skin and may be painted between the toes several times a day, the small rubber stopper of the vial being used as a dauber. The sock may be replaced immediately without danger of corrosion. There is no discoloration of the clothing. Relief from itching is immediate.