Cresols - organic compounds included in composition of coal, shale and peat pitch.
Cresols dissolved in organic solvents and alkalis with the formation of salts. Have a cauterizing and irritant effect on the skin. Cresols are the raw material for the production of dyes, explosives and medicines (salicylic acid and others), disinfectant (see), such as Lysol and other Cresols apply a 0.5-1% solutions for washing hands and medical instruments, in the treatment of wounds; sometimes as antiparasitical (insecticide).