Vicks VapoRub provides relief from symptoms of a cold, such as coughing and congestion. You can use Vicks VapoRub at bedtime to relieve cold symptoms that can affect disrupt your sleep. Vicks VapoRub has been around since 1905 and is a worldwide brand by Procter and Gamble (P&G).
Vicks VapoRub is available over-the-counter in small 50g pots or larger 100g pots.
What can you use Vicks VapoRub for?
Vicks VapoRub can be used for:
- Nasal catarrh
- Sore throat
While there are claims that Vicks VapoRub can be used for many other ailments, they are not recommended by the manufacturer.
You should always use Vicks VapoRub as directed on the label. If you are unsure how to use Vicks VapoRub, ask a pharmacist.
Vicks VapoRub contains various herbal extracts and oils that have been used for centuries to treat congestion and coughing.
The ingredients of Vicks VapoRub include levomenthol, eucalyptus oil, turpentine oil and camphor. These ingredients can be inhaled as a vapour to relieve symptoms of a cold such as a stuffy nose and a chesty cough.
How long does Vicks VapoRub take to work?
Vicks VapoRub can relieve nasal congestion in about 1 minute, and reduce a cough within approximately 15 minutes.
How long does Vicks VapoRub last?
According to Vicks’ website, Vicks VapoRub lasts for up to 8 hours. This makes it ideal for relieving cold symptoms while you sleep.
There are several ways you can use Vicks VapoRub.
Apply Vicks VapoRub directly
The main way to use Vick’s VapoRub is to massage it topically into your chest and upper back before bed. This allows the vapours to reach your nose and throat to provide relief from cold symptoms during the night.
Inhaling Vicks VapoRub
Alternatively, you can add some Vicks VapoRub to a bowl of hot (but not boiling) water. Inhaling the warm vapours can help to relieve the symptoms of a cold.
Hold your head over the bowl and slowly inhale the vapours for 10 to 15 minutes.
Remember to wash your hands after applying Vicks VapoRub. This can prevent you from accidentally getting Vicks VapoRub in your eye.
Vicks VapoRub should not be used by children under the age of 2 years old.
Do not ingest Vicks VapoRub.
Do not apply bandages over areas treated with Vicks VapoRub.
Do not apply Vicks VapoRub directly to your nose or under your nose, as it can cause irritation.
Avoid applying Vicks VapoRub to broken, damaged or sensitive skin.
Always use as instructed on the label and inside the patient information leaflet.