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Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Is it safe to eat Vicks vapor rub?

Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Is it safe to eat Vicks vapor rub?

But why?: Interesting question. According to poison control, no. But the ingredients are camphor and menthol both of which have been used in cooking for centuries. It appears that doses of 50 mg camphor are safe ( way more than would be fond in cooking) 2000 mg will likely produce serious symptoms and 4000 mg is possibly fatal. I don't really see any benefit to eating vicks. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Biernbaum
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Is Vick's vapor rub generally safe to use? Or are there any harmful side effects?

Dr. Robert Biernbaum
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Is Vick's vapor rub generally safe to use? Or are there any harmful side effects?

Relatively safe: Vicks is relatively safe. It should not be ingested and should not be used in children under the age of two. ...Read more

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Dr. William Jenkins
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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Is Vick's vapor rub safe to use?

Dr. William Jenkins
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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If you use it: According to directions, been around forever

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David Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
5 years in practice
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Is it safe to use Vicks vapor rub on a baby?

David Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
5 years in practice
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Is it safe to use Vicks vapor rub on a baby?

Baby vicks: There is a special formulation for babies and kiddos. Try putting it on the bottoms of their feet and then putting on thin socks so they don't get it everywhere. There is also a nice night-light/vaporizer that uses little medicated pads to spread the vapors around the room. ...Read more

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Dr. Arlo Miller
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Can Vicks vapor rub help with stretch marks?

Dr. Arlo Miller
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Can Vicks vapor rub help with stretch marks?

Probably not: It probably won't make any difference.

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
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Is it safe to eat Vicks vapor rub?

Dr. Dan Fisher
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
78M people helped

But why?: Interesting question. According to poison control, no. But the ingredients are camphor and menthol both of which have been used in cooking for centuries. It appears that doses of 50 mg camphor are safe ( way more than would be fond in cooking) 2000 mg will likely produce serious symptoms and 4000 mg is possibly fatal. I don't really see any benefit to eating vicks. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Biernbaum
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Is Vick's vapor rub generally safe to use? Or are there any harmful side effects?

Dr. Robert Biernbaum
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
37K people helped

Relatively safe: Vicks is relatively safe. It should not be ingested and should not be used in children under the age of two. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Weissberg
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
50 years in practice
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Vicks vapor rub for stretch marks?

Dr. Steven Weissberg
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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Can you use Vicks vapor rub while pregnant?

Dr. Edward Neilsen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
14 years in practice
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Can you use Vicks vapor rub while pregnant?

No problems: Generally it is considered safe....In fact vicks makes a similar product for babies. Don't forget to use a humidifier and nasal saline spray....They can both work well for congestion. The main things to avoid are products with alcohol or decongestants like sudafed. ...Read more

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Dr. Susumu Inoue
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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Will Vicks vapor rub help decrease lymph nodes i. Kids?

Dr. Susumu Inoue
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
52 years in practice
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Will Vicks vapor rub help decrease lymph nodes i. Kids?

No, it would not: Lymph node enlargement is very common in children, particularly with a viral infection. If your child has very tender node with or without fever, it may be a bacterial infection of the node. In that case, antibiotics would help. Take your child to his (her) doctor. If the node is small (less than 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch), and if it is not bothering the child, i would suggest to simply watch. ...Read more

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