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Vicks Vapor Rub On Chest For Congestion
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
I keep reading to rub vapor rub on the soles of your feet to help relieve congestion. It always says soles of feet, so you shouldn't rub all over?
Too much is not good: Vicks gets absorbed systemically.Get a more detailed answer ›
My 7 month old son has nasal congestion. Is it OK to use Vick's vapor rub on his soles then put socks on?
I wouldn't: This is an old myth based on adult treatments. Infants have tiny nasal passages the react with swelling and congestion to any irritant; be it smoke, dust or the fumes or fragrance created by Vicks. I never recommend it before school age. I consider it air pollution when used around infants. ...Read more
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
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
We have a 15 mo old with a cold/cough. We were thinking about using vick vapor rub on his chest before he went to bed. Is that okay?
If you want, but: The vapor rubs are a fall back to rather old practices done at a time when we had little to offer in treatments. Aboriginal cultures still use them, along with cupping or coin rubbing. I consider such rubs as air pollution & as likely to set off a cough as to help it. If the kid enjoys your company the process can be therapeutic, but there is no reproducible evidence that they work. ...Read more
It's not bad...: Any supportive measures that make you feel better while you are suffering through a cold are okay. Vapor rub's primary ingredients are camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oil, staying hydrated and using a preparation like saline irrigations, help to thin mucus and reduce post nasal drip. ...Read more
You could try +: Stuffy nose could a viral infection referred to as a 'cold', an allergic reaction caused by something inhaled from the environment, a bacterial nasal infection called 'purulent rhinitis'. General measures include hot shower water or hot compresses over the nasal/sinus area, saline nasal spray, a mild decongestant. Antibiotic or antihistamine may be appropriate. If persistent nagging prob, c doc. ...Read more
If vapor rub on you chest doesn't clear you stuffy nose, is it safe to use Vicks inhaler as well?
Most definitely!: At this point, you are so desperate to breathe. You may have to see your doctor so he may prescribe you allergy meds or nose sprays to make your life better and be more productive at work. ...Read more
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
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
I dusted, vaccumed, used vapor rub, cleaned nose took bath still smell dust, tickle in throat, eyes itch, chest hurts, face itches, inner ears itch.?
Allergies: This sounds like you have some allergies. Dust in homes can be tainted with lead dust, cockroach dander, pet dander, cigarrette smoke, among other toxins and allergic offenders. You need a whopping dose of antihistamine now, say 10 mg cetirizine by mouth. I am worried a little about your chest pain, especially if you have asthma. Do you have an albuterol inhaler at home with spacer? ...Read more
Can I use the vapor steam liquid medication inside the warm steam vaporizer to clear my 5 month old chest congestion? Or should I use plain water.
Plain: If it stinks/has any odor, it is actually irritating to babies airway and potentially harmful. Plain water produces a moistening steam that soothes the airway. ...Read more
Probably Not.: Try putting Vicks on your chest or under your nose. Putting vick's on your feet would not be my first choice. ...Read more
No idea.: Rashes on the palms occur in very few illnesses. They include syphilis, rocky mountain spotted fever, systemic gonorrhea or meningococcemia and occasionally contact dermatitis. If the two problems are connected you should see a doctor immediately, but do not know what other symptoms you are having. Please get checked now. ...Read more
Child has faint red rash on cheeks and chest, does not itch, only other symptom is congestion which he has has for a month (allergies) should I worry?
Should be seen.: It is difficult to diagnose a rash without seeing it. There are many viruses which cause rashes, but strep can cause a rash as you have described also. I would recommend you call your child's doctor and have he or she take a look, so that your child can be diagnosed properly and receive any necessary treatment. ...Read more
26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?
Stop the vicks: This is not unusual at that age. Any previous cold or lower respiratory illness can be aggravated by fragrances like that in vicks. I never recommend that product until school age if ever. I find it prolongs the problem. ...Read more
I have had chest congestion for close to a week. My symptoms have gotten significantly better; however I am still coughing up deep brown / slightly red tint to the brown phlegm, specifically in mornings and evenings. I also have an odd "metallic" taste
Do not ignore: Discolored mucous may be blood. Metallic taste may be blood. Seek care ASAP. ...Read more
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I am experiencing red eye and congestion in my chest. What can I do for quick relief? I am currently studying for exams and I need relief
You need to destress: And sleep. Your body's on adrenal overdrive and sympathetic tone that your showing signs of burning out on the brink of having a cold. So you need to take things to prevent a cold from occurring, and doing less computer work that may be drying out your eyes. So lubricating drops, moist compresses, resting your eyes would help, along with ginger tea, or echinacea tea to help relieve the congestion. ...Read more
Cough n cold 4m 2 weeks. Doc said severe chest congestion. Hvng medic from 2 weeks. Now I noticed red spots on back of my tongue. What can be the reso?
Red spots: Spots may be result of your viral infection. Use salt water garglesm to jrelieve pain. ...Read more
Viral syndrome!: Sounds like a viral syndrome. May be more serious like an auto immune disease. You should see a doctor. ...Read more
Cold for three weeks, nasal chest congestion, dry cough nowc followed by mouth sores on top pallet. Red bumps with large white sores?
18 weeks pregnant chest and throat congestion slight fever. Now I have little red dots on my face. Could this be due to the fever or something else?
See your OB MD: The little red dots need to be examined by your OB MD to determine causation. ...Read more
I have nasal and chest congestion. My tonsils look horrible and there are red pimple-like spots on the back of my throat. However, I don't feel sick.
I have red bumps on the back of my tongue with some slight white bumps. I have had a sore throat with cough for about 2 weeks. Yesterday I noticed when I cleared my throat for some phlegm that I have been spitting up from chest congestion and noticed a l
Salt Water: Sounds like you have mild inflammation of normal structures in the mouth and throat. Any fever present? Anything lasting more than 7-10 days needs to be checked by a professional health care provider. In the mean time try gargling with a 1/2 tsp of salt in a cup of warm water for 5 minutes/ several times in a day. ...Read more
Fever 101.9 HA body aches Sore throat cough green phelm & sometimes bright red blood chest hurts from cough sinus congestion ear Pressure/pain x3 days?
Bronchial infection: The symptoms you describe suggest you have a bronchial infection. You should be evaluated for treatment. ...Read more