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Brand Names: Bensal HP, Whitfields Ointment

Generic Name: benzoic acid and salicylic acid (topical) (Pronunciation: ben ZO ic acid, SAL ih SIL ik acid)

What is benzoic acid and salicylic acid (Bensal HP, Whitfields Ointment)?

Benzoic acid helps prevent infection caused by bacteria. Salicylic acid helps the body shed rough or dead skin cells.

Benzoic acid and salicylic acid treats skin irritation and inflammation caused by burns, insect bites, fungal infections, and eczema.

Benzoic acid and salicylic acid may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of benzoic acid and salicylic acid (Bensal HP, Whitfields Ointment)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

You may feel warmth or a burning sensation that could last as long as 3 to 5 minutes after you apply this medication. Stop using the medication and call your doctor if the burning sensation lasts for longer than 10 days.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about benzoic acid and salicylic acid (Bensal HP, Whitfields Ointment)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to polyethylene glycol.

This medication is for use only on the skin. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

You may feel warmth or a burning sensation that could last as long as 3 to 5 minutes after you apply this medication. Stop using the medication and call your doctor if the burning sensation lasts for longer than 10 days.

Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve within 7 days of using benzoic acid and salicylic acid topical.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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