Camphor Phenol

Camphor Phenol Brand Names

Campho-Phenique | Campho-Phenique Cold Sore Treatment | Campho-Phenique Pain & Itch

What is Camphor Phenol

Camphor and phenol are combined in a topical liquid for the temporary relief of minor pain and pruritus associated with insect bites, scrapes, minor burns (including sunburn), minor skin abrasions, and other skin irritations.

The topical gel is marketed for the temporary relief of pain and discomfort associated with herpes labialis (i.e., cold sores or fever blisters).

Camphor suppresses cutaneous receptors when used in concentrations of 0.1—3%. Higher concentrations (e.g., > 3%) stimulate cutaneous receptors and act as a counterirritant.

Phenol is considered a safe and effective topical oral analgesic/anesthetic when used alone in concentrations of 0.5—1.5%, although higher concentrations have also been considered safe and effective when used in combination with camphor.

Neither camphor nor phenol has been accepted as safe and effective for relief of pain associated with aphthous ulcers (i.e., canker sores), as these agents may cause tissue irritation and damage, or systemic toxicity when used for this purpose.


  1. burns
  2. herpes labialis
  3. insect bites or stings
  4. pruritus
  5. skin abrasion
  6. sunburn

For use as first aid to prevent infection and for the temporary relief of minor pain and pruritus associated with insect bites or stings, minor burns (including sunburn), minor skin abrasion, and other skin irritations

Side Effects

  • skin irritation

Discontinue use if skin irritation develops, condition worsens, symptoms persist for more than 7 days or clear up and recur within a few days.

Monitoring Parameters

  • laboratory monitoring not necessary


  • breast-feeding
  • children
  • infants
  • neonates
  • occlusive dressing
  • pregnancy


There are no drug interactions associated with Camphor; Phenol products.


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