Camphor

Information about Camphor

Camphor uses

Camphor is used in the treatment of dermatitis, itching and eczema.

How camphor works

Camphor belongs to the class of medicines called rubefacients/antitussives. When applied to the skin, it increases blood flow and local temperature of the affected area which suppresses and temporarily relieves pain sensations. It also eases cough, nasal/throat irritation by moistening air passages when used along with steam.

Common side effects of camphor

Skin irritation, Hypersensitivity reaction, Irritation of ear, Allergic skin rash.

Available Medicine for Camphor

No medicine available

Expert advice for Camphor

  • Do not apply this medicine on wound/damaged skin, eyes and nose.
  • Tell your doctor if you have sensitive skin. Avoid exposure to sunlight as it can cause photosensitivity.
  • Do not administer camphor based medicines orally in large amounts as it can be toxic.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to camphor or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if below 2 years.

Frequently asked questions for Camphor

Camphor

Q. Is camphor edible?
Edible camphor is different from the chemically made camphor. Camphor used in cooking is ‘edible camphor'
Q. Is camphor poisonous?
Yes, if camphor is applied to broken skin, it can enter the body quickly and reach concentrations that are high enough to cause poisoning. Overdose of camphor can result in poisoning.
Q. Is camphor saturated or unsaturated?
Camphor is unsaturated
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Q. Is camphor soluble in water?
No, camphor is not soluble in water.
Q. Is camphor and naphthalene same?
No, camphor and naphthalene are not same.
Q. Does camphor cause cancer?
There is no scientific information available which confirms that camphor causes cancer.
Q. Does camphor burn with a flame?
Yes, camphor releases hydrocarbon gases that will burn and releases flame.

Content on this page was last updated on 20 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)