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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

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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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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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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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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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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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