BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

  • BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)is a lab-made chemical.



  • BHT is added to foods as a preservative. People also use it as medicine.
  • BHT is used to treat genital herpes and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
  • Some people apply BHT directly to the skin for cold sores.


  • BHT is an antioxidant. It may damage the protective outer layer of viral cells. This may keep the viruses from multiplying and/or doing more damage.

Other Names

2,6-di-tert-butyl-p-creosol, Butil Hidroxitolueno, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Butylhydroxytoluene, Butylhydroxytoluène, Butyl Hydroxytoluène, Dibutylated Hydroxytoluene, Dibutylhydroxytoluène, Hydroxytoluène Butylé.


Source: WebMD, “BHT”

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