Remember campho phenique? How about Merthiolate?

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:16:10 PM
Topical medicine for skinned knees and such? I'm thinking Merthiolate was orange?

Both burned like a bastard!

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:17:15 PM
Merthiolate was a radioactive orange, and then it came out in a clear version. Merthiolate was my mother's favorite pharmaceutical, ever. She used it for everything!


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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:17:29 PM
Oh yeah, Campho Phenique was a big standby at our house! The little green bottle. I can still smell it. And yep, it always burned like a mutha'.

I've never heard of the other stuff.


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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:17:41 PM

I'm thinking Merthiolate was orange?

Both burned like a bastard!
Why, I don't know, but my Dad always called it Monkey Blood and we would run screaming the other way when he or my mom pulled that bottle out.

Burned like a mo-fo. How was it supposed to help anyway? Scare you out of scraping yourself up?


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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:17:46 PM
Ha! I remember that! My grandmother used to put it on me all the time (bit of a tomboy!). I remember the weird color it used to stain your skin almost like iodine.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:18:04 PM
Campho phenique is still around. I use it on cold sores. I can't imagine using it on a scrape! Ouch!



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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:18:37 PM
Campho Phenique was put on everything that hurt and so was monkey blood aka merthiolate! What happened that stuff?

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:25:05 PM
I have a tube of Campho-Phenique sitting right in front of me on my desk right now because am fighting a lovely cold sore.

My mom called Methiolate, mecurichome. Maybe that was a brand name. I love the smell, but hated the burn.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:25:12 PM
Campho Phenique was put on everything in my house. My dad believed it was the cure all for everything.

Man, that burned like a Mother. I would hide if I got a skinned knee, because I didn't want that stuff put on.


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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:28:07 PM
Yes, I do! I'm HIGHLY allergic to Merthiolate, Iodine and Mercurochrome.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:30:50 PM

My mom called Methiolate, mecurichome. Maybe that was a brand name. I love the smell, but hated the burn.

Mine also. Y'all think it burned on skin? That was my mothers stand by when we had sore throats. She would "swab our throats" with that stuff! We toughened up quick. Had to be in bad pain before we told her.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:30:56 PM
Aaaaaaaaaaaaah. I HATED Merthiolate. I used to BEG my mom not to put that stuff on my scrapes and cuts...all no no avail. Man, that stuff hurt.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:31:40 PM
Oh yeah, both of those. My mom was a fan of hydrogen peroxide. She thought that cured everything. I still keep it front and center in the medicine cabinet.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:34:39 PM

My mom was a fan of hydrogen peroxide. She thought that cured everything. I still keep it front and center in the medicine cabinet.

My mom used that a lot too. She would tell us that if it bubbled when she poured it on our wounds, that meant it was killing the germs.


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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:39:32 PM
Yes, my mom had mercurochrome (sp?), and I used to put bandaids on my injuries BEFORE my mom saw them in an effort to avoid the burn. She never was big on camphophenique, though (thank God).

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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:52:04 PM
DD is apparently allergic or something to mosquito's because she got huge welts when a few got her on the way in from the car one evening.

Nothing I had worked... I told MIL that when i was little Campho Phenique worked wonders for my bites and she pulled out a bottle almost as old as I am and we put it on DD. Worked like a charm! that welt went down instantly and she quit messing with it.

I bought some new campho though... it worked too so it hadn't just aged into something that might make her a super hero.


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Posted: 9/14/2010 2:55:13 PM
We used Campho Phenique all the time for bug bites... I always looooooved the smell! Now I want some. lol



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Posted: 9/14/2010 3:02:10 PM
Campho Phonique is the best thing ever for mosquito bites. I keep it in my drawer all the time.


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Posted: 9/14/2010 3:02:39 PM
To this day I don't think anything works on mosquito bites or itches of whatever kind as well as Campho Phenique. And we get a lot of itchy bugbites where I live.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 3:09:38 PM
campho phenique yes, merthiolate, no, unless mecurichroome is the same thing. Thank goodness my mom also preferred hydrogen peroxide, it doesn't sting. I still use it to clean boo-boos.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 3:10:16 PM
Are merthiolate and mecurechrome (sp?) the same thing or different? Because I remember my grandmother having both, but she always used mecurechrome on me because it didn't burn as much as merthiolte.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 3:10:47 PM
Remember the Windex in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"? Well, my Dad thought Merthiolate cured EVERYTHING. He was convinced that if a medicine didn't burn, it didn't work. Picture all four of us in the family, with me in a chair....and all of them, plus me, blowing on my scrapped knees even before the Merthiolate hit it. Can you imagine all the germs we were all blowing on the scrape? LOL

I would be screaming, "BLOW IT, BLOW IT, BLOW IT". Even during my Dad's Alzheimer's, he would say that when someone would get was so ingrained in the family.

We didn't use Campho Phenique (sp) but Mom would rub Mentholatum on our chest, put a very warm...HOT...towel over it, then give us a hot lemonade with boubon. about burning. But it would knock us out for the night. She would be visited by Child Services today. I grew up in the 50s/60s

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Posted: 9/14/2010 3:12:35 PM
My great uncle swore by Campho Phenique and WD-40 (he sprayed it on stiff joints--for real) He was very active for his age.

I was once putting Merthiolate on a cut I had gotten from an oyster shell in the water outside our house. There was a lot of bacteria in that water, so we always used the merthiolate. I forgot I had the open bottle in one hand as I applied it with the other. It burned so bad that I started shaking my hand...and threw that orange liquid ALL over my white bathroom floor and me. I was orange for days, and even though we bleached the grout, there were still faint stains.

I've heard that hydrogen peroxide is bad for deep cuts. It makes the cut scar more. I believe it. I once got a big puncture wound on my leg from broken glass in a trash bag--didn't realize the jar had broken and slung the bag over my shoulder, banging it into my leg.

The scar is still painful over 20 years later. My mom kept having me pour hydrogen peroxide in it to clean it since it took so long to heal. I really should have gotten stitches--we thought it was too deep, although I'm sure they could have done something.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 3:33:02 PM

Methiolate, mecurichome

remember them all very well - and iodine!

we used to gather a group to blow on the owie also! and yep, we'd cry in advance... just seeing the bottle.

I recently heard that mecuricome had mercury in it, so no longer sold. makes sense considering it's name.

I still use peroxide and iodine. I gargle with iodine (in warm water) for a sore throat.

I guess all of our moms used to coat our throats with one of those cure alls...
trying to kill us off maybe?

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Posted: 9/14/2010 3:41:37 PM
Yep, campho phenique and hydrogen peroxide were the cure-alls in our house, too. I still keep hydrogen peroxide on hand, and my boys cry when they see it coming. I forgot about campho phenique for mosquito bites - it does work well...I'll have to get some the next time I'm at the store!

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Posted: 9/14/2010 4:08:58 PM
My dad still uses Methiolate. It's pretty much the only thing he uses for just about anything external I think.

Of course this is the man that does minor surgery on himself to lance boils and such. No, he's not a doctor. Just a cratchety old guy.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 4:11:19 PM
LOL!! we used to blow on the wound with the merthiolate, too!

wow, that stuff burned!!!

My grandfather used to make up his own potions. I made the mistake of letting him know I had a cut foot one time. I was barely able to walk home after he got done with me! LOL!

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Posted: 9/14/2010 4:12:00 PM
Merthiolate hurt worse than the original injury. My grandpa always called it monkey blood. That was the go to stuff in his house.


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Posted: 9/14/2010 4:26:39 PM
I think Merthiolate may have been a brand name for Mercuicrome. My grandpa called it Monkey BLood and used it on us all the time!

Just the other day I got a splinter in my finger and was tellhing DH I wish we had some Merthiolate/Monkey Blood cause that sucker always made a splinter come out..I think the splinter was always trying to run away from the ointment because it burned like a motha!



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Posted: 9/14/2010 4:31:45 PM
How about Bactine? That burned too! Or Solarcaine for sunburns? OOOOuuuuccchh!

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Posted: 9/14/2010 4:34:15 PM
Yep, I begged for mecuricome the other orange stuff! My mom always wanted to use the merthiolate, it killed the bacteria better. My kids think I'm nuts when I tell them that bandaids hurt like h*ll when you had to take them off.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 4:51:04 PM
I went to Wikipedia and typed in Monkey Blood. It directed me to a short entry on Mercurochrome. No explanation on why it was called Monkey Blood though!


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Posted: 9/14/2010 5:06:24 PM
Oh boy do I remember merthiolate. When I was about 5 I had a mouth full of canquer had my Mom paint my mouth with that stuff. Traumatic I tell you!!!!!

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Posted: 9/14/2010 5:11:40 PM
Merthiolate and mercurichome were two different medicines. They both were antiseptics, and turned your skin that bright orange, but merthiolate was the one that burned like the dickens. Mercurichome didn't really burn and so we liked that one much better.

I grew up living in a village in rural Central America and we had to be extra careful with cuts and scraps - things could get seriously infected within just a few hours. We kids constantly had legs and arms stained up with that stuff.

It was especially attractive when a drip would run down your leg leaving a bright orange streak running out from under the bandaid!

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Posted: 9/14/2010 5:24:58 PM
I'd actually been looking for Merthiolate recently (yeah, it burns like hell, but it takes the soreness out immediately IME).

DH freaked because apparently it's full of mercury and can poison you or something (shrug).

Never used camphophenique, but it's mosquito central around here, so I may have to try it out!


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Posted: 9/14/2010 5:32:00 PM
I so remember Campho Phenique...We hated that stuff!It was smelly,oily and burned like a mutha!I never used it on my daughter.

Merthiolate?Never heard of it.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 5:38:58 PM
Mercuriochrome and Merthiolate have two different active ingredients, but both are organic mercury compounds (in fact, the active ingredient in Merthiolate is thimerosal, of recent fame due to a proposed link to autism).

I think the name monkey blood had to come from the red color of the original products. Red Mercuriochrome had an almost fluorescent orange glow to it. But it did sting less than Merthiolate!


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Posted: 9/14/2010 5:48:56 PM
Owww!!! Campho Phenique on cold sores and Bactine on scrapes.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 6:30:20 PM
cant buy merthiolate in the states anymore.. dad used it for everything but boy it cured what ailed ya...

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Posted: 9/14/2010 7:50:40 PM
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Posted: 9/14/2010 7:53:18 PM
My dad merthiolate all the time. It came in a spray. And it BURNED!!! You had to blow on it.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 8:24:42 PM

How about Merthiolate?

At my mother's house this past week I took the bottle that it came in because I considered it "vintage". It has the little fly swatter-looking applicator and everything!

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Posted: 9/14/2010 11:17:58 PM
Oh..fond memories of Campho Phenique!! My Mom used to put that in a spray thing and if we had a sore throat she would spray it down our throat. Not kidding. Years later she mentioned that to our doctor and he had a fit. Not for internal use. That stuff would make you gag but it would numb our throat. Somehow we all survived childhood with Mom's home cures. Ah yes...good times!

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Posted: 9/14/2010 11:29:48 PM
How could I forget Merthiolate? My skin is still on fire from that hot mess.

I would beg my parents for Mercurachrome, which was also an antiseptic that didn't remind you of fire ants, but my father refused to use it. Said the "sting" meant it was working. Yet somehow I survived those infections, cuts and whatnot we used Mercurachrome on, too.



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Posted: 9/14/2010 11:39:02 PM
I'm sure there is still a 40 year old bottle of Campho Phenique at my parents house. We used it a lot.

Does anyone remember the horrific nightmare known as Paregoric? I think we had to take it for upset stomachs, and I am shuddering from the memories.

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Posted: 9/14/2010 11:50:55 PM
Totally laughing about this thread!!
My Grandma used Monkey Blood too!! Seems like I always had an orange knee or elbow.


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Posted: 9/15/2010 12:10:41 AM
Oh yeah!

Campho phenique in a little green bottle for cold sores and bites. Dabbed it on with finger.

Mercurichrome (sp) for cuts and scrapes. It was in a little brown bottle with a stopper/swap type cap.

My mom also had (probably still has) "Black Salve".I'm not sure what the real name was but it was a tan / beige metal tube of dark salve or paste that she put on splinters. She then put a band - aid on and the salve would 'draw' the splinter out. It smelled bad. ??



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Posted: 9/15/2010 12:49:23 AM
yep, we had both of those!

my mom also had another medicine she called "black salve" No idea what it was or where she got it, it might have been homemade. It was like black vaseline & it had a weird smell that I can't describe, maybe motor oil.

ETA: OMGosh! Swordscrapping! Can't believe you had black salve too! I thought my mom made that stuff, lol!
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