Monday, February 13, 2023

Is camphor safe to use?


Is camphor safe to use?                              


Camphor is a chemical used in a variety of medicines and household products around the world. There are natural forms of camphor derived from different plants and trees and synthetic forms derived from oil of turpentine.  It is commonly used in creams, for its cooling sensation, and to provide relief for pain, cough, itching, cold sores, or sore muscles. It can also be found in products such as essential oils, mothballs, and even some pest control products.

Safe Use

Always follow the directions on the label when using products containing camphor. Camphor containing creams that are not FDA approved, over the counter products should not be applied to the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially in young children. Ask your doctor before using these products on babies or young children.

When applying creams to the skin, do not cover with bandages or excess clothing. If the cream is covered, it can cause the skin to absorb more of the product, which may cause unwanted side effects. If the product causes skin irritation or burning, remove the product and rinse the area well with water.

Child-resistant containers will not prevent all children from opening the product. Store these products up, away, and out of sight. Do not keep these products on tables or countertops, even if they are being used frequently. Always keep products in their original labeled container. 

Health Effects 

If swallowed, camphor can cause:

·        Mouth irritation

·        Stomach pain

·        Nausea and vomiting                                                       

·        Lower blood pressure

·        Difficulty breathing

·        Seizures

·        Death


Call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 if you experience these or any other symptom after use. Never make a person throw-up! If the person is not breathing, is unconscious, or having seizures, call 911.

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