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what is the name of the thick orange oil with a balsam scent we used in the1950s for itches?

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Dr. Miguel Cano
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mercurochrome!: Dang, i haven't thought of this since my abuelita used to paint us with it. It's merbromin (mercurochrome, merbromine, sodium mercurescein, asceptichrome, supercrome, brocasept, & cinfacromin). It's a topical antiseptic used for minor cuts & scrapes. It's available in most countries but no longer sold in the us because of its mercury content. The flouorescein makes the bright orange color.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Miguel Cano
Dr. Miguel Cano commented
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Good question & thanks for the childhood memories! We all used to run around painted in this stuff, like it was war paint!!
Aug 1, 2012

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