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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more


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Can you use vapor rub anytime of the day due to chest congestion from allergies?

Can you use vapor rub anytime of the day due to chest congestion from allergies?

Probably but: this is not a long-term solution. If you have allergies leading to chest congestion, you likely have asthma which requires anti-asthma medication. The long term side effects from inhaling Vapor Rub is unknown. ...Read more

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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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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.

Very safe: if there was a reason to use the vicks such as a lot of congestion then fine Sometimes parents hear a little congested breathing and are concerned If it doesn't bother the baby then don't it bother you ...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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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?

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

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If vapor rub on you chest doesn't clear you stuffy nose, can you use Vicks inhaler or nosedrops?

If vapor rub on you chest doesn't clear you stuffy nose, can you use Vicks inhaler or nosedrops?

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

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If vapor rub on you chest doesn't clear you stuffy nose, is it safe to use Vicks inhaler as well?

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

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When you have a cold is it good to put ?Vapor rub on my chest?

When you have a cold is it good to put ?Vapor rub on my chest?

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

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