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Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a white crystalline acid derived from phenol. It is used in making aspirin, as a preservative and flavoring agent, and in external treatment of certain skin conditions.

Salicylic acid occurs in the form of esters in wintergreen and birch; it has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, and antirheumatic properties. Externally, it can destroy tissue at the site of application, and is used on moles and warts. Large doses are toxic; ingestion of 10 milliliters has resulted in death in children.

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