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Is Vicks vapor rub bad for you if you have emphysema?

Is Vicks vapor rub bad for you if you have emphysema?

Not necessarily: If your lungs are not particularly sensitive to the strong smell and chemicals of vick's vapor rub, then it should be fine if you have emphysema. The worst thing for your lungs is cigarette smoke. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Hi docs, do you think it's bad to put Vicks vapor rub on my one month old baby?

Hi docs, do you think it's bad to put Vicks vapor rub on my one month old baby?

I'd avoid it: Vicks is an aromatic rub that some find pleasing during respiratory illness. I find that the aroma causes increasing nasal congestion in infants and don't recommend it under the age of 3 years. ...Read more

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Can I put Vicks vapor rub under my nose to relieve congestion. Is it bad?

Can I put Vicks vapor rub under my nose to relieve congestion. Is it bad?

Yes you can: Don't get it in your nose, and do not rub it in your eyes, but you can put some under your nose to relieve congestion. ...Read more

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Is it bad to put vapor rub in your vagina?

Is it bad to put vapor rub in your vagina?

Skin: We often do not use the words 'bad' or 'good' when describing health. But, there would be no normal or therapeutic reason for one to put vapo rub on one's vagina. It sounds like it would burn and lead to skin damage and possibly infection. ...Read more

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My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

Needs investigation: Chronic cough in a young child that is waking them up needs investigation. If it is not an infection, it could be an inhaled foreign body (i've seen toy parts, foods, etc). Also, high on the list is also environmental irritants such as smoke, dust, molds and then allergens causing the cough. One of the most frequent symptoms of early asthma in tots is that ongoing night cough! ...Read more

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My 5 year old daughter has had a severely bad cough for about 2 weeks now & without having any fever. I have done everything that I know to do....Cough medicine, chloraseptic, steam bath, vapor rub on her chest, I've got a fan blowing on her so she don't

My 5 year old daughter has had a severely bad cough for about 2 weeks now & without having any fever. I have done everything that I know to do....Cough medicine, chloraseptic, steam bath, vapor rub on her chest, I've got a fan blowing on her so she don't

Time for a visit: Persistence of a severe cough for this length of time is worth a visit. There are forms of reactive airway disease that can respond to treatment if they are picked up on exam. This may represent a mild form of asthma or a response to a mild sinus infection. Other things may also be contributing to the process. ...Read more

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Would you recommend any vapor products (vapor rub, plugs, bath, etc) for a 7 month old w a bad cold? My son has a low fever, cough, stuffy/runny nose

Would you recommend any vapor products (vapor rub, plugs, bath, etc) for a 7 month old w a bad cold? My son has a low fever, cough, stuffy/runny nose

Nacl drops: Nacl - small tubes for inhalation can be purchased at pharmacy use 1 drop to each nostril this will clear nose use neosporin to nostrils with q tip once or twice a day. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put Vicks vapor rub on a 16 months olds chest?

Is it ok to put Vicks vapor rub on a 16 months olds chest?

I'd avoid it: Vicks is an aromatic rub that some find pleasing during respiratory illness. I find that the aroma causes increasing nasal congestion in infants and don't recommend it under the age of 3 years. ...Read more

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What to do if you get Vicks vapor rub in your eyes?

What to do if you get Vicks vapor rub in your eyes?

Wash your eyes: Wash your eyes with water for 15 minutes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put Vicks vapor rub on your feet to stop a cough?

Is it possible to put Vicks vapor rub on your feet to stop a cough?

Do not believe so: It seems people have been trying Vicks vapor rub for just about aeverything.....But there would be no logical reason I could think of why Vicks on your feet would help a cough at all.... ...Read more

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Where would you put Vicks vapor rub if you wanted to get near your tonsils?

Where would you put Vicks vapor rub if you wanted to get near your tonsils?

On your neck front: Probably the best place would be the front of your neck near or above the area of the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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I accidentally rub Vicks vapor rub on the outside of my vagina, what do I do?

I accidentally rub Vicks vapor rub on the outside of my vagina, what do I do?

Don't worry about it: Simply clean the area of the Vicks and don't worry about it. There are no long-term side effects from doing that. ...Read more

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My wife is breastfeeding and our son is 3 months, can she use Vicks vapor rub?

My wife is breastfeeding and our son is 3 months, can she use Vicks vapor rub?

I'd avoid it: Vicks is an aromatic rub that some find pleasing during respiratory illness. I finf that the aroma causes increasing nasal congestion in infants and don't recommend it under the age of 3 years. ...Read more

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If I melt some Vicks vapor rub and put it inside my daughter's coll mist humidifier will it work effectively?

If I melt some Vicks vapor rub and put it inside my daughter's coll mist humidifier will it work effectively?

I avoid it: I avoid any fragrance producing products in vaporizers/humidifiers in infants and toddlers. Although they are popular, I find they often trigger cough and nasal congestion like any other irritant. ...Read more

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Is Vicks vapor rub helpful/ and safe to use on a two year old? I've tried everything else for his horrible cough. Vaporizer- suction. Elevation.

Is Vicks vapor rub helpful/ and safe to use on a two year old? I've tried everything else for his horrible cough. Vaporizer- suction. Elevation.

I wouldn't: I consider this product more an airway irritant than health aid for any kid under 6 years of age. A two yr old is relatively dependent on their nasal airway for breathing and any fragrance, pleasant or not, can plug them up. Any medicinal quality (the medicine smell) is more myth than real at any age. The indians used pine pitch to scent their sweat lodges, and this product mimics the practice. ...Read more

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If I put Vicks vapor rub in my nose, what could happen?

If I put Vicks vapor rub in my nose, what could happen?

Irritation: The active ingredient in Vicks is a mentholated product which is a natural decongestant. Placing it under you nose or in a vaporizer is fine, but it may cause irritation to your nasall membranes if placed inside. ...Read more

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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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Can I use Vicks vapor rub on any humidifier?

I don't advise it: This product is marketed with the idea that stinky medicine smell is therapeutic. It replicates the aroma therapy indian tribes uses in sweat lodges with pine pitch. I don't recommend it for kids under 2 as the smell often aggravates congestion. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use Vicks vapor rub on a premature baby?

Is it ok to use Vicks vapor rub on a premature baby?

I don't advise it: Although a common part of many parents medicine chest, I do not advise the use of vapor rub or similar products on any infant under six months (especially premi's). Any fume or fragrance producing product can lead to excessive internal nasal swelling & congestion of the young infant & increased breathing difficulty. The older infant & child can mouth breathe & bypass this effect. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more