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2/12/2012 8:33:46 PM
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Vapo-rub on feet?

I have had a terrible head cold, sneezing, mucus and such... I can feel it in my brain! lol  
Curious... a friend told me to use vapo-rub on my feet, has anyone tried this? Does it work and socks or no socks?  
Tiny bit off topic... could someone choke on their mucus while sleeping? (when this question first popped into my head, I found it funny, but I am supposing it could happen)


2/12/2012 8:35:46 PM
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works great

rub it on your feet and put on some socks. Do it to my kids as well when they have cold as advised by a doctor.


2/12/2012 8:48:35 PM
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I don't think you could choke on it while sleeping, but when awake if it's super thick you can... happened to me. But anythings possible. Get something that says "Exporant" on it you want to get the mucus out as much as you can.

Melissa Lee

2/12/2012 9:55:56 PM
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When I worked at Maple Leaf I used to get sick a lot, I found rubbing vapo-rub on my feet ( with socks) used to stop my coughing at night. The only down fall of ..... I am not a fan on the greasy feeling on my foot. But....the good out ways the bad.


2/12/2012 10:11:15 PM
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Sure...Vick's is great remedy!

and make a soup or sandwich with lots of fresh garlic!


2/13/2012 12:18:23 AM
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it works like a charm...  


2/13/2012 5:39:13 AM
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It certainly helped, I was able to sleep without having to roll over and blow my nose every few minutes...although I am back to that now this morning! lol


2/13/2012 10:09:01 AM
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My Cornish mother in law across the pond has done this for 80 years in the old days before vapo she said they used campfor oil she often tells me to do it when chatting to her on the phone. If im sick with a cold or asthma, she say feet and chest when Going to bed at night.....guilty though I never have tried it :-(  
Edited by ptooti, 2012-02-13 10:09:53


2/13/2012 10:43:14 AM
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works great!

I even use the baby version on my 16 month son's feet & chest when he has a cold! He sleeps "like a baby" after that!


2/13/2012 4:19:09 PM
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I have never rubbed it on my feet, for myself I rub it on my chest and neck, and it helps! I did rub it on my kids feet when they were babies, figured on the chest and neck might be too strong for them. Sometimes the "old" method of curing or helping is still the best.


2/13/2012 7:06:59 PM
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odd woman out

ive tried this at least 4 or 5 times and it has never worked!!  
will keep trying though when im sick as it made my feet smooth! lol

Cee Jay 55

2/13/2012 9:48:42 PM
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Vicks VapoRub: An effective nasal decongestant?  
When I had a cold as a child, my mother put a little Vicks VapoRub under my nose to help me breathe more easily. Does this really work?  
from Jay L. Hoecker, M.D.  
Vicks VapoRub doesn't relieve nasal congestion. But the strong menthol odor of VapoRub tricks your brain. As a result, you feel like you're breathing through an unclogged nose. By contrast, decongestant tablets and nasal sprays sold over-the-counter appear to narrow blood vessels in the lining of your nose, leading to reduced swelling in your nasal passages.  
VapoRub has drawbacks other than its ineffectiveness as a nasal decongestant. It's unsafe for any use in children under 2 years of age.  
Swallowing a few teaspoons of camphor — one of the main ingredients in VapoRub and other topical medications, such as Campho-Phenique and Bengay — can cause fatal poisoning in toddlers. Topical camphor absorbed through mucous membranes or broken skin also can be toxic. That's why you should never put VapoRub in or around the nostrils — particularly a small child's nostrils. Finally, if VapoRub gets in your eye, it can injure your cornea."  
From here  
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2/14/2012 7:42:42 AM
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Lemon and Ginger Tea

Lemon and Ginger also are a wonderful help to the respiratory system. I have used garlic, onions and ginger in our food and it also helps.


2/16/2012 9:32:36 AM
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i tried it

actually we all did. it seems to work really well. everyone was coughing less and could breathe easier.

Rain bow

2/17/2012 12:38:00 PM
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always use it

on my feet when i am sick!


2/17/2012 1:24:41 PM
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baby vicks

and it is safe to use on children over 6 months I believe? I used it last night on my sons chest, back and feet and he slept through the night great after that.  
Vicks does not claim that it's product relieves stuffed up noses...  
On chest and throat, temporarily relieves cough due to common cold  
On muscles and joints, temporarily relieves minor aches and pains"  
and here is a site that has oddball uses. I wouldn't recomend some, and find others to be hard to believe...nevertheless, interesting to see how others use it...

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