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Normally I use Sudocrem as an antiseptic cream, but when I haven't been able to get hold of any, I have always fallen back to this product. Most people know TCP because of the smell, if you like that smell, you won't be disappointed.
+++What is it used for+++
You can use this liquid for many things like as an antiseptic cleaner, mouth ulcers, cuts, bruises, grazes, insect bits, insect stings and I have more recently read a review where somebody recommended it as coldsore treatment! Just be careful when using to not swallow any and to not get any in your eyes.
The bottle of TCP comes in a dark, heavy brown bottle with a child proof lid. For me the way the product is packaged, shows how effective it is. If something needs to stop a child from getting to the contents, it has to be strong. When it comes to antiseptic products, strong is good!
You can pick up a 250ml bottle for around £2.60 from your local supermarket. I have seen it as low as £2.00 from Tesco on occasion.
DO NOT GET IT IN YOUR EYES!!! After application ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly as if it gets in your eyes, you will know about it, trust me!
+++How to use it+++
I tend to place some on a cotton ball and apply to the area. If I think it needs some more, I do the same again. I tend to make sure the area, and surrounding areas are wet so I know that I have applied the liquid correctly.
A great antiseptic product, but I prefer Sudocrem. Not a bad product to have as a backup in my opinion.
As I wrote in my last review I have an issues with coldsores, I have tried almost everything under the sun but I have found this humble antiseptic the most effective cure here are my thoughts.
So what is it, and what does it do?
This is an antiseptic that can be used in a number of ways. Not only does it help ease the pain of many of these things it also starts to fight the infection meaning it heals quicker. Here are some for the things it clams to work on:
Sore throats - I have never tried it for this but I know an older gentleman swears buy it and gargles it everyday in the winter.
Stings - I have found this to be very effective especially the year there was a wasps' nest in my parents house and I was getting stung on a daily basis.
And although not included in the description what I use it for:
Coldsores - not only does this keep the sore clean it also dries it out meaning it heals a lot quicker. When I a, at home all day I will apply this on an hourly basis to speed to healing process up. It is important, though to use a good quality balm on the rest of the lip because it can dry out too much. This also stops my coldsores getting so big and when I feel one coming on - anyone who gets them knows the tingling- I start to apply this and it never comes into fruition.
What is good about it?
This can be used for a variety of problems, and and is very effective.
This comes in a thick glass bottle with child lock, does not smash when dropped and comes in many different size meaning it an be taken away.
This is very well priced.
The smallest amount is needed to get the job done.
What a bad about it?
The smell, this is so strong. If I have put this on before leaving for work it can still be smelt when I get there. This smells like a very strong disinfectant, but at least it doesn't smell dirty.
It stings when it is first applied but everything that works stings doesn't it?
Just a note if you have used this make sure your wash your hand throughout as if you get this anywhere near your eyes it makes them painful and gooey and repeated eye baths will be required. I have done this to myself once (when I was about 12) and it was horrible.
Price and Availabilty
This can be bought at all good chemists and cosmetics stores and most supermarkets too, and for 200ml this retails for about £3 a it lasts a very long time this is definitely worth it.
One of the best things I have tried and I haven't needed too spend hundreds of pounds of blistex etc
5 dooyoo stars
I have 2 very clumsy little grandchildren who are always climbing in my garden on my garden furniture and benches and often fall off them and hurt their knees etc, so I always like to keep a bottle of antiseptic in my medicine cabinet so that I can clean their grazes before applying a plaster. My little granddaughter is the worst for climbing because she is a little tomboy and just loves to climb at the moment and won't often take any notice when I ask her to climb off my garden furniture lol.
This antiseptic comes inside a bottle, it has the usual antiseptic smell to it but it is a pleasant enough smell and not a nasty one. It is a fairly strong smell but not too overpowering.
It works really well for cuts and grazes. All that is needed to clean a graze or cut is to dilute a little in some warm water and apply it to the grazed or cut area. I use a gauze to dip into the solution because I find it is a good product to use rather than cotton wool where the wool can stick to the wound and make it sore etc. I just gently dab the gauze over the wound and pat it slightly so that it doesn't hurt my grandchildren so much or make them cry more because of the sore wound.
I find dabbing the area removes any dirt in the graze perfectly without the need to rub it to remove the ground in dirt which can then cause infection. This product cleans really well and removes germs to then help heal the wound. If the wound is bloody I tend to try and clean it in stages so that it is more of a comfortable task to remove all of the dirt. It does sting a little when first applied to the wound but it only takes a couple of minutes or so to settle down. The job has to be done and my grandson who is 4 and a half now knows the procedure quite well and knows it will only take the couple of minutes before the stinging stops. My little granddaughter doesn't know how long 2 minutes is and so she does cry all of the time I am cleaning her grazes.
It can also be used to help ease a sore throat, I have used it a couple of times over the years when I have had a really severe sore throat I just cannot shift and want to kill the infection etc. All you need to use it for a sore throat is to dilute one part of the TCP to 5 parts of warm water and then gargle for as long as you can. It does work to kill infections causing a sore throat but it does take a good couple of days before the soreness is completely removed and you begin to feel the benefits of using it as a gargle. However it must not be swallowed and must be spit out into the sink etc.
Is also a good product to use for mouth ulcers to help ease the pain and kill the infection and used in the same way once again gargled and spit out.
Is also a good product to help remove spots, boils, pimples or insect bites. So a good product to use if you suffer from spots which may be a little painful and you want to ease the pain and simply remove them.
It is not to be used on skin if you have an allergic skin condition and always read the label on the back of the bottle first before using this product if you have such a skin condition and stay safe.
For a 200ml bottle it only costs just over £2 and I think it is well worth this price, it is also available in a larger bottle too. I think it is excellent value for this price for the work it does to help heal wounds and also remove any infections. It is cheap and affordable and a must have in every household medicine chest in my opinion because you just don't know if a little accident may occur in every day life. It is a god send for cleaning my little grandchildren's cuts and grazes when they visit my home on a regular basis. I couldn't live without this product. The quality is super too. Gives me peace of mind all dirt is removed from grazes and they will heal in no time at all.
I will keep on buying this product because it works extremely well to help heal wounds in my opinion.
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I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
The last contributor keeps mentioning the bad taste of TCP, really, it's no worse than some of the stronger mouth wash. Dilute it as instructed 1 part TCP to about 4-5 parts water (warm preferably) Best used overnight as the 'medical' smell does linger. Excellent for mouth ulcers,sore throats, and has some impact on sterilizing bad breath( if used after normal mouth hygiene at bedtime) (unlike regular so called mouth wash) Use as a regular gargle, not just inside the mouth. Best used at the first sign of soreness - it can stop minor mouth problems before they get started. Of course it is also used for stings, insect bites minor cuts etc.
I am not connected in any way with the said product. I am 72 years of age and this stuff was used in my own parents house when I was a kid.
Can I also be allowed to recommend 'surgical spirit' for chapped lips and cold sores. Once again treat at the time of the first 'itch'. Wet a clean tissue and soak the lips both inside and out over the infected area as many times a day as you can until you know you are ok. It has to 'burn' a bit as you put it on, then you know you are finding the right spots of infection.Catch it early enough and it can kill infection in 1-2 days without the 'sore' becoming evident. Try not to swallow any excess spirit and keep it to the vicinity of the lips.
I wish that I was allowed to tell you more of the 'old time' remedies...but of course , if any problem persists, go see your Dr.
I have always grown up around TCP, my nana had it and my mother had it, all in their medicine cabinets.
What it is used for....
Childhood and the instructions say if it safe for almost everything as it is an all round antiseptic.
Bites and stings
You can even use it as a general mouthwash.
when you buy TCP I don't think I have ever bought it in a cardboard box, I have always bought it as its seen. It is a dark brown glass bottle with a sticker with the name TCP and instructions on the back.
The liquid itself...
Most people dislike the smell and taste of TCP however I love it. It's a very strong medical clean smell. You will automatically know the smell of TCP once you have smelt it. The colour is just like a dyed light yellow water.
It is designed to fight infection as wel as soothing pains, you can use it neat or dilute depending on how you wish to use it.
TCP has 2 active ingredients.. I don't really know what they do!
Halogenated phenols 0.68%
Be aware when you use it, especially on open cuts that it will sting a little bit, even if you dilute it.
There are no known side effects to TCP as its been used for years and nothing has come up, it is also safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. But do speak to your GP first.
You can buy TCP everywhere especially in pharmacies as well as online
For a 100 ml the cheapest I have seen is £1.60
For the 200ml the cheapest I have seen is £2.50.
These are online and in store prices.
TCP has been trusted for years and it certainly does the trick.
It is cheap enough if you can find it, above we the prices I would but it for, I would ot pay an extra pound towards them prices.
The taste is a big bonus for me, it reminds me of my childhood.
I don't think TCP actually has any
Would I recommend...
Without a doubt, it's in my cupboard and I use it all the time.
My husband swears by TCP if we've run out he'll even go off and buy it. The small 100ml bottle in the bathroom has a £2.99 price tag on it so not cheap because of the way he splash's it about. On the Tesco website the same amount is only £1.80 so goodness knows where he got it from! The large 200ml bottle is £3.56.
TCP is a mild antiseptic containing Halogenated Phenols 0.68% w/v and Phenol 0.175% w/v, Glycerol, Concentrated Phosphoric Acid, E104 (Quinoline Yellow), Water- the phenol must explain the pungent smell. I can smell it being applied in the bathroom from the lounge. I don't particularly dislike the smell but it is strong, it smells very clinical- sort of like the dentists. The smell does linger I've just picked up the bottle for this review and I'm covered in it my hands stink of the stuff and it hasn't really washed off either.
TCP has a whole range of uses, soothes pain, fights infection, sore throats, mouth ulcers, cuts, grazes, bites, stings, boils, spots, pimples.
The TCP itself is slightly yellow tinged 'water'. The bottle is brown glass with a green and blue label which has lot's of info written on it, you're directed to use as follows:
Sore throats - Gargle a solution of TCP with 5 parts water twice a day.
TCP can also be used as a mouthwash when diluted.
Mouth ulcers - Dab undiluted three times a day.
Cuts, grazes, bites and stings - Dilute 1 part TCP with 1 part water and apply freely or can be applied undiluted if necessary.
Boils, spots and pimples - Dab undiluted once every four hours.
Can be used as a general disinfectant.
Do not swallow
You don't need much (if used correctly)! I have used it and found it effective for the following:
-a quick dab on a spot will help dry it up and it takes the redness out of it, it stings initially but then numbs it for a bit.
-ulcers feel much better after applying abit of TCP they clear up on their own in a few days but the sort of numbing sensation certainly makes them more bearable.
-I think it does help a sore throat on the odd times I've used it for this- can't vouch that it kills sore throat germs but I haven't had a throat infection after using it so maybe it does. It doesn't taste very nice but okay once diluted and you do get used to the taste.
-TCP diluted with some warm water makes a nice wound cleaner, I tend to rub Savlon on injuries but sometimes rubbing isn't an option this is where the TCP comes in- it can be slightly stingy but not too bad and atleast it feels it's working. Sometimes I use cotton wool but more often than not I just pour it on (diluted or not- depending). It seems to stave off infections and has cleared up cuts or grazes that have gone red or pussy.
-I have on rare occasions dabbed some on insect bites again with success.
I developed contact dermatitis on my hand, my skin was dry itching and sore. TCP didn't help with this it just stung and burnt making it necessary for me to wash my hand under cold water. It doesn't claim to help soothe this type of problem, just thought I'd try it!
My husband uses it for all the above and more, he swears nothing else works- any blemish and he's out with the TCP. It does work and is handy to have in so I will continue to buy it and if I don't my husband will!
5 stars from me- should be 4 because of the smell but I'll forgive it.
Savlon or Germolene tend to be my antiseptic products of choice, failing that any other antiseptic cream will do, branded or not. TCP however, is right down at the bottom of the list for me, as quite frankly the smell of it makes me feel ill.
Recently I had a bit of an accident (and sorry to anyone who is squeamish like me) but ended up ripping the majority of my thumb nail off - not just the tip, a fair bit of the nail. Not only did it hurt but it bled for quite some time and frankly began to look rather disgusting. I put a plaster on it but that came off when I had a shower and I could see bits of fluff and all sorts gathering in the cut, so knew I had to clean it.
Unfortunately we were out of Savlon as my husband likes to slap it on like it's going out of fashion. The only antiseptic I could find in the house was a bottle of TCP (again something my husband is responsible for, I would never have purchased this evil smelling stuff) so that was my only choice.
TCP is a liquid antiseptic which 'soothes pain and fights infection' according to the bottle. It is suitable for sore throats, mouth ulcers, cuts, grazes, bites, stings and spots. It comes in one of those scary looking brown glass bottles which remind me of Victorian pharmacies for some reason. The look of the bottle alone terrifies me!
How you use TCP depends on why you are using it. For sore throats you should dilute it with five parts water and gargle twice a day. I doubt I will ever try this as I feel queasy just thinking about it.
For mouth ulcers you dab it on undiluted three times a day - again, the smell would put me off trying, so I'll stick to Bonjela.
For boils, spots or pimples, dab lightly undiluted every four hours and don't cover the area.
Finally, for cuts, grazes, bites and stings you should dilute with an equal quantity of water and 'apply freely'. It does say in an emergency you can use it undiluted. Cuts and grazes are the only reason I have ever used this and probably ever will to be fair, although it's interesting to know it can be used on spots and I may consider that in the future if I'm desperate.
My first issue was how to dilute the liquid. I only needed a very small amount to dab onto the cut on my thumb, so I decided to pour a little into the cap of the bottle and top up with an equal amount of water. This method worked well for me, although another solution may be needed if I had a bigger area to cover.
I have already mentioned the smell, but let me just clarify. It smells vile. A bit like Dettol another of my pet hates. I can only describe it as smelling medicinal, and sickly and well, like antiseptic to be fair. Think hospital corridors. The worst thing is it really lingers and I can smell it on me for hours after use.
I dabbed the TCP/water mix onto my thumb probably around four times a day for three days (paranoid, me?!). I find the best way to apply it is with a cotton wool cosmetic pad as they have a smooth surface, unlike a cotton ball which can snag and leave 'fluffy bits' behind. Another thing I will mention, is that although I always convince myself this stuff will sting, most of the time I don't find it does.
When I first started using this, from the state of the cut I was convinced it was going to get infected. It didn't and I do believe I have the TCP to thank for that. I did also, as promised on the bottle, find that it relieved the pain quite noticeably which I was grateful despite it being unexpected. I have to say the cut also looked much better each time it had had 'a wash' with this. I have used it on other past occasions and never had any complaints in relation to its performance. I do believe it works.
I've seen TCP in pound shops, I'm sure that's where we bought this current bottle (100ml by the way, so lasts well). Looking online, it is £2.19 in Superdug and Boots, £1.80 in ASDA. As I said, you get a lot, so the price is not too bad.
Overall TCP is still not my first choice because unfortunately, no matter how effective it is, I can't quite get past the smell which makes me nauseas. For anyone who can tolerate the smell of antiseptic products better than I can however, then I would recommend this. For me personally, it will still only be used when I have no other (sweeter smelling) options!
WHAT IS IT?
A liquid antiseptic that can be used for adults and children.
WHAT DO YOU USE IT FOR?
You can use TCP for a lot of different things and it is very versatile to have in your medicine cupboard. It is liquid and you can pour it direct onto a wound or use cotton wool to dab it on if you need to be more precise. I use it mostly when my children fall over and graze their knees because it stops the graze from being infected. I used it when we all were bitten last year by some bugs that were in the park nearby to us. It stung a bit when it touched the bites but after that it made them feel better and they healed quick. My husbands uses TCP to gargle with because he gets sore throats a lot and it helps to stop an infection from developing.
DOES IT WORK?
I think TCP works and it is a very old product so it has been proved to be effective over the years. It stings and feels like it is working good and it is not very often that one of my childrens cuts and grazes goes septic or gets that green look to it. I think their grazes heal quicker when I use TCP straight after their accident as well comparing to when I do not use it.
WHAT I THINK
I dislike the smell of TCP very much but I continue to use it because I think it is very effective and I like to do the best for my children. I don't ever pour it onto a wound because I think that is not not necessary for the sort of small cuts and grazes that my children get but my husband once cut his hand badly while he was playing rugby and he poured it on then. I apply it by pouring a bit onto cotton wool and then I dab at the graze or wipe it if I think there are bits of grit or dirt that have to come out.
It is very cheap and lasts for a long time so I buy it only when I need it and then keep the bottle until it is all used up. The top does not leak and fits good on the bottle so the smell does not go into the air and that is a good thing because it does not smell very nice and it is always very obvious to other people when you have used it.
A 100ml bottle of TCP costs about £2 and that is very good for the effective nature of the product I think.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
TCP is an antiseptic liquid which can be used to a variety of problems including sore throats, mouth ulcers, cuts, grazes, bites, stings and spots!
TCP is a clear yellow liquid solution of halogenated phenols and it contains glycerol, concentrated phosphoric acird, E104 and water. It has a strong antispectic smell and the brand name is derived from its chemical name trichlorophenylmethyliodosalicyl (yip a bit of a tongue twister and way too long to put on the bottle!).
In my opinion this bottle of liquid is a must for every medicine cabinet. Its a mild antiseptic which means its safe to use to clean cuts, grazes, bites and stings (TCP recommend that you dilute with an equal quantity of water and apply freely.) It can also be used to ease the discomfort of mouth ulcers (TCP recommend you dab undiluted three times a day).
Personally I have found this a great treatment for spots - its seems to immediately the redness and size of sore spots - presumably this is by killing bacteria around the spot - TCP recommend that you dab spots, boils and pimples every four hours and do not cover.
Lastly I also use this for sore throat relief - you should dilute with five parts water and can gargle this mixture twice a day. This is effective and will reduce the pain from sore throats. (please note that you should not swallow or drink this liquid).
TCP has been around for years and years - my Granny claims she used to use it as a girl although according to the internet it dates back to the 1950s (not the 1920s!). Nonetheless it has been used in our house since I every for every cut, graze, sore throat and spot - we've gotten through a good few bottles!
You can buy TCP liquid in a variety of bottle sizes - 50ml to 200ml - and its very reasonably priced - around £1.50 for the small bottle to £3 -4 for the larger bottles
This liquid has been in my families cupboard since I can remember! My parents say that there parents used to use in. It is an old fashioned medicine that works a treat. Tcp has many uses and is an excellent infection fighter. The first thing you must know about this medicine is that it STINKS!!! Tcp has a very strong smell. You either hate it or love it. I don't have a problem with it, but my girlfriends hates it! Which is annoying because I feel bad for using it! But it's too good not to use.
You can use tcp on cuts and grazes. Also when dilute you can use it to treat sore throats, ulcers and burns! It's very versatile and is a multipurpose liquid, all you need is some cotton wool to dab it on. I use tcp on my spotS. If you apply this stuff before you go to bed, when you wake up in the morning the spot will either be nearly gone or gone! It's Amazing because it takes away the pain of the spot. I love the feeling of relief when you see the spot gone overnight! It has made my life much easier since I realised it can treat spots.
A positive to using tcp is the price. You can buy a bottle for under £2. It's excellent value and lasts a very long time. You do not need to use a lot of this stuff, it works with a small dab on the affected area. It's much cheaper than other alternative products on the market, and I find it works so much better than spot treatments. I find that spot treatments can end up giving you more spoTs, this will not! It will simply reduce and clear.
The main issue is that it stings so much when you put it on! You have to get used to it. It's not a bad pain and it only lasts for a few seconds. It's a nice feeling! You can feel it working. It works so welll.
If you apply this to your cuts, it will clean the cut and then cause it to heal much quicker. It really speeds up the healing process. It will also stop you from being infected which is important. Every household should own a bottle of this miracle worker! It's definitely worth a try. It's an age old remedy and is still regarded as a great product.
I really hope you found my honest review helpful!
I have had my ears pierced several times as every time I forgot to put earrings in my ears would close up (have now learnt to leave them in) and when I get my ears pierced I have always used TCP to help with the healing process.
You can pick TCP up in many places such as chemists, supermarkets and discounts stores, there are different bottle sizes available but the one I have cost about £2 for 100mls of product.
TCP comes in a glass bottle which is brown in colour, you can see through it a little for example to see how much is left in it. The lid of the bottle is a screw top and is white in colour, this is sealed so you know the product hasn't been tampered with in any way. On the front of the bottle is a label which is bright green and blue in colour, the product promises to "Soothes Pain, Fights Infection, Sore Throats, Mouth Ulcers, Cuts, Grazes, Bites, Stings, Boils, Spots and Pimples.
TCP contains the following ingredients, Halogenated Phenols 0.68% w/v and Phenol 0.175% w/v , It also contains: Glycerol, Concentrated Phosphoric Acid, E104 (Quinoline Yellow), Water.
I have used TCP mainly for my ear piercings although I do sometimes use it on cuts and grazes if I think they will be really dirty for example a grazed knee where the skin has made contact with the concrete. I generally prefer dettol for jobs such as cuts and grazes as it doesn't smell so strongly as this and it doesn't sting as badly, I am really put off by the smell of this product. When using this on my ears I would put a little bit on a cotton bud and clean around the piercing but then I could always smell it for hours afterwards.
This is a product that I do tend to have in the medicine cupboard but it isn't one I use regularily, I found when I used it on my ears they healed well and I had no issues with infections etc with them so I can say that this is a good product. The product is a good price and is widely available but the smell is just too strong for me and I hated it when i could still smell it for hours afterwards after cleaning my piercings.
Price and Availability
TCP is something we always had in the cupboard at my Mum and Dad's and since moving out it's something I always make sure I've still got in the bathroom as it's useful for so many things. TCP can be bought in a few different bottle sizes including 50ml, 100ml, 200ml and 500ml. I recently bought a 100ml bottle for about £2 which isn't a bad price as a little bit goes a long way. TCP can be found in chemists and supermarkets.
Packaging and Product Information
TCP comes in a deep brown glass bottle which can just about be seen through when held up to the light. There's a white screw on/ off lid which is very secure and the labelling is bright blue and light green and quite eye catching.
TCP is a liquid antiseptic and has many uses and promises to sooth pain and fight infection.
I have used TCP over the years for many different things, all of which have been a success. The most common use I have had for TCP is purely as an antiseptic. It's brilliant for putting on cuts although it does sting a little bit initially it really sets my mind at rest that no nasties are getting into my cuts. If it's a bad cut TCP can be applied to cuts undiluted but usually it needs to be used in equal quatities with water.
TCP can also be used to help with sore throats, to do this you dilute it with one part TCP to five parts water and gargle with it. Although this does help with sore throats it's something I only do if I'm desperate as anybody who's used TCP will know how strong it smells and I really don't find it easy to gargle with. Although I can't stand the smell I find it slightly easier to use TCP for ulcers where it can be dabbed undiluted onto the affected area three times a day. TCP can also be used undiluted onto spots every four hours, and although you are left smelling of the stuff it really does dry spots out and get rid of them quickly.
As you can probably tell from my review, I can't recommend TCP enough. It's only cheap and it goes a really long way and has a wide range of uses. TCP works really well on cuts, bites, spots and ulcers and it's something I've used for years and will continue to use for a very long time.
TCP is a good antiseptic that cleans a wound to remove germs. It is very good to help the skin to heal quickly. I have lots of grandchildren that fall over quite a lot and graze their skin, so I always like to keep one of these in my first aid kit.
The TCP comes housed in a clear brown glass bottle. The bottle has a screw off cap. Once the cap is removed it does have a strong antiseptic smell. The cap is also child proof. The liquid is a pale yellow colour. A little can be added to water to dilute to clean a wound. It is good for grazes, cuts, stings, bites or any irritation that needs an antiseptic solution to help heal the wound.
It can be applied to the cut etc using a little cotton wool. Just a quick, gentle wipe is all that is needed to clean the graze. It does sting a little at first and so it is best to just gently wipe across it and not rub too hard. It usually only stings for a minute or so, my grandchildren don't like this feeling, as most don't but they do know that after a couple of minutes the stinging will stop and it will heal the graze or cut. It fights infection really well. It is good for using on spots or any pimple that needs a little help to be removed from the skin.
I have used it neat for my own skin but not neat on my grandchildren's skin. I think for their more younger skin I just decide to use it diluted but for my skin I don't mind sometimes using it neat to kill the germs and clean a cut I may have on my skin. It does sting a little more used neat and so that is why it is advised to dilute the liquid. A wound can be dressed after it has been cleaned with this liquid. It can be re applied after a new dressing needs to be applied if a deeper cut or wound.
I recommend everyone to have a bottle of this antiseptic in their first aid kit, there is always a time when it would be needed. It can be used treat mouth ulcers and sore throats by just diluting a small amount and just gargling. I have used it to gargle but I don't like the taste of it in my mouth and afterwards, so I use a different mouth wash for a sore throat. It must not be swallowed.
The price for a 100ml bottle is priced at around just £2, I think for this price it is a good one and cheap enough for the bottle size because it does last a long time because it is not being used every day etc. I will keep buying this brand because it is always good quality. Good old TCP.
The bottle can be recycled.
I rate it 5 stars.
Whenever I smell TCP, it instantly reminds me of my childhood and various scrapes and grazes. It's not a smell you can mistake - a really pungent, clinical smell that I am sure most people have experienced at some time or another. It is the liquid antiseptic that my mum used and, as with a lot of things, I followed suit. Despite my preference for antiseptic creams, it is always useful to have an antiseptic in the liquid form available too, so I keep a bottle of TCP in my first aid box.
I have a bottle of 200ml which cost £2.25. It is also available in bottles of 50ml, 100ml and 500ml. The bottle is brown glass bottle that is flat rather than rounded (so fits much more easily in my first aid box) and has a white plastic screw cap which is child proof.
TCP can be used for a variety of ailments. It can be gargled with 5 parts water to ease sore throats and dabbed onto mouth ulcers. I have not used TCP for either of these purposes, my use has solely been for cuts, grazes, stings and bites. The bottle says that the TCP should be diluted with 1 part water and applied freely to the injury but it can be used neat in emergencies. I have only ever used it neat though.
The liquid is a clear yellow in colour and I usually apply to the wound using a cotton wool ball. On application, there is a stinging, tingling sensation but this passes after a few seconds. I find it effective at keeping cuts and grazes clean and bacteria free as it has always meant that I have successfully prevented infection. Only a small amount needs to be used at a time too, meaning that a bottle is great value.
Overall, this is an effective liquid antiseptic but the smell is really very strong and overpowering. If you can put up with the clinical smell, I would definitely recommend it.
TCP (Trichlorophenylmethyliodosalicyl) is a very common first aid kit addition as it has a multitude uses. It can be used for cuts and grazes, bites and stings, sore throats and mouth ulcers to mention just a few.
A 100ml bottle of TCP will set you back about £1.99. The bottle is very old fashioned and made of brown glass so we can not see the yellow tinged antiseptic liquid that is contained within, and has a plastic lid. There is no childproof cap on the bottle which I find a bit worrisome as TCP is not to be swallowed and the bottle does say to keep out of the reach and sight of children.
As I mentioned the there are many uses for TCP and I will go through the ones I have used it for.
Mouth ulcers, TCP can be dabbed undiluted onto a mouth ulcer, when I have used this I have used a cotton bud to apply the TCP to the affected area. It does taste absolutely vile, so I am lucky not to suffer mouth ulcers very often, the ulcer often clears up within a few days when TCP is applied a few times a day, and once the initial stinging from the TCP wears off the ulcer goes numb for a while.
Cuts, grazes, bites and stings. If you have been unlucky enough to suffer any or all of the previously mentioned afflictions then diluting equal parts of TCP with water and bathing the problem area will hygienically clean away any debris and sooth the wound (after the initial stinging) it can also be used undiluted in an emergency and I would imagine that on a open wound this would really hurt.
Sore throats, As a teenager I was most unfortunate to suffer from repeated attacks of tonsillitis and one of the ways I found to sooth my painful tonsils and to numb the pain for a while was to gargle with TCP diluted with five parts water. Be warned it does not taste good and it stings when it first hits the back of the throat, but thirty seconds gargling will remove a lot of the puss from the tonsils and make them go numb for a while.
Boils, spots and pimples, Unfortunately I do suffer with spots even though I am now thirty three and I have recently discovered that dabbing the red spots with undiluted TCP before bed helps dry the spot up, I use a cotton bud to gently rub a small amount of TCP on to the spot, it does not sting and only tingles while the TCP dries up. Once dry the TCP can not be seen.
TCP can also be used diluted as a mouthwash, this is not something I have tried and I don't think I would want to unless recommended by my dentist. It can also be used as a general disinfectant, which I have never done as I always use Dettol for disinfecting around the house.
I have managed to get through the review without mentioning the distinctive smell that TCP has but now that moment is here. It stinks, if you have used TCP on or about your person within the last 24 hours someone will always be able to smell it and be wondering what unsightly scab, sore or infection you are trying to treat. To me TCP smells a lot like clove oil that you can buy from Boots for treating toothache.
As with all medicines and home treatments if the problem persists for more than three days or gets worse while using TCP then consult your medical practitioner.
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Soothes Pain, fights infection / Relief of sore throat symptoms.