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Dr. Dan Fisher
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Is it safe to eat Vicks vapor rub?

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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Is Vick's vapor rub generally safe to use? Or are there any harmful side effects?

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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Is Vick's vapor rub safe to use?

If you use it: According to directions, been around forever

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David Miller
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Is it safe to use Vicks vapor rub on a baby?

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
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Dr. Robert Biernbaum
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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. Dan Fisher
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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. Steven Weissberg
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Can you use Vicks vapor rub while pregnant?

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
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Will Vicks vapor rub help decrease lymph nodes i. Kids?

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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