Does eating vicks vapor rub cure coughs

Asked by on April 27th, 2013
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First of all,thanks for asking this question,I work it out and give you a simple answer.No. Vicks is for congestion, try rubbing some on your nose, and on your chest at night. Ease coughing with herbal tea and honey, like Throat Coat or Breathe Deep. I actually asked her dr. about that and she said it didn't work. she said to take a teaspoon of honey, or mix it with warm water. Here I think it is for your reference and maybe not a correct answer or sometimes there are a variety of answers for the same question. So here are more information as below and it could be helpful.

What is in Vicks Vapor Rub?

Camphor, Menthol, Eucalyptus, Oil of Nutmeg, Oil of Cedarwood, Turpentine Oil and Thymol.Vick’s Vapor Rub is a topical menthol cream that is rubbed on the throat, chest or even neck to relieve colds. The vapors help open nasal passages and expel phlegm. It can also be used to relieve sore muscles.

Can you eat Vicks vapor rub?

Vicks Vapor rubs should only be put on skin. If consumed orally it could prove to be very poisonous. Vicks VapoRub contains 5% camphor, a substance that can be dangerous if swallowed. Less than two tablespoons of camphor can result in extreme neurological effects, & may even risk death. Camphor smells good, but is a dangerous poison when ingested.

How does Vicks vapor rub work?

The Vicks Family of products works quickly to relieve congestion and cough to provide free breathing. It can stain clothes.

Does putting vicks vapor rub on your feet before you go to bed help cure a cold?

To stop nightime coughing, some person recommended that you rub Vicks VapoRub generously on the feet and put on socks. But I have always recommend Vick’s application on chest and nose. If we apply it nose, it smooths the breathing and you feel comfortable. In this way it can relax the lungs to some extent but cannot cure cough. Applying Vick’s on feet will not work to cure cough.


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  1. Today is 1/9/2013 I could not rid my cough and I put some on a cue tip and down my throat…I am alive, already had a bowel movement and within one hour my congestion GONE. It worked for me, that is all I am saying.

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