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Doctor insights on: Vicks Vapor Rub On Chapped Lips

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Chapped Lips (Definition)

Chapped lips is a common medical finding in patients whose lips have lost their natural moisture. The most common causes include dehydration, dry environment, ...Read more


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Is it safe to add hot water to Vicks vapor rub and breath in the vapors with a towel over your head. The warning label says not to, may cause burns?

Is it safe to add hot water to Vicks vapor rub and breath in the vapors with a towel over your head. The warning label says not to, may cause burns?

Vapors: Lose the head towel and just breath in vapor; alternatively, just take a shower and breath in the steam. The mentholatum is sooth, however can be irritating to nasal and lung passages in breathed in close proximity, Follow the label warnings, ...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 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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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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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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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

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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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Is Vicks vapor rub okay to use on my 2 month old baby if I don't have any baby Vicks vapor rub?

Is Vicks vapor rub okay to use on my 2 month old baby if I don't have any baby Vicks vapor rub?

Not on skin: I wouldn't advise putting full strength Vicks on the baby's skin, but it would be ok to use it on the clothing. You might do better to use the tablets that dissolve in the shower, and sit with your baby in the steamy bathroom with the shower running and do a 'sauna treatment' if the baby is congested. You can also use any way to increase humidity in the home, like a humidifier. Clean daily! ...Read more

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I used Vicks baby vapor rub on my 2 month old chest, then realized the box said 3 months! Will he be okay? I used a very little.

I used Vicks baby vapor rub on my 2 month old chest, then realized the box said 3 months! Will he be okay? I used a very little.

Safe but worthless: The primary reason for congestion in infants is small nasal passages that swell in response to irritants, like the fumes put off by Vicks/hairspray/smoke/dust/perfume/etc. I never advise it below school age. It may be safe but I find it aggravates the problem in young infants. A good nasal wash out with saline and removing airborne irritants works better. ...Read more