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Vicks VapoRub Cream
Jul 31, 2002 (Updated Nov 13, 2004)
by Bonnie Sayers
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
The Bottom Line: An alternative variation to the ointment
A few years ago I purchased my first two ounce tube of Vicks VapoRub Cream for my family to use as a nasal decongestant and cough suppressant. This is a white flip top tube that has a creamy texture and white color. Immediately you are soothed by the smell of the camphor, menthol and eucalyptus, which are the active ingredients.
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While this product combats the same symptoms associated with a cold or aiding in the relief of sore muscles and aches that the ointment does, the scent does not stay on your hands after washing and the scent does not linger as long while on the person. Due to my eczema I have to use ointments on my face, legs and arms and prefer the creamy textures for soothing relief on my face. I feel the same is true for the Vicks VapoRub Cream, it just feels better on my hands when applying and after rinsing off. I do not have to apply hand lotion to feel smooth again and remove the greasy film of the ointment.
Vicks VapoRub Cream is suitable for children over the age of two and adults and can be applied to the throat, chest and neck for the symptoms associated with the common cold. For other areas of your body that have aches and pains this can be rubbed on the spot. I have used this mostly for my seven-year old son when he has bouts with coughing, the sniffles and complains of leg pain. He loves to lift up his shirt for the cream to be smoothed over his chest. If I do not place on his neck he will remind me and he likes it on his back as well. I have never placed this on the facial area and you should use caution around the eye area.
I store all our over the counter medicines and prescriptions in a tall out of the reach of children cabinet in the kitchen. It should be kept at room temperature and not be heated or inserted into any containers. Keep this away from heat and never microwave, place in nostrils or take orally. This is a topical analgesic to be used up to three times daily on sore areas due to pain and when applied on the throat and chest the clothing should be loose fitting. It is encouraged to apply thick layers and the vapors will rise to the nose and mouth.
The bottom of the box has an expiration date stamped, mine is good until July 2003. This date is not found on the actual tube though. I have applied a layer on my son before he has gone to school and it is not overwhelming for him to concentrate, causes no side effects like drowsiness if he were to take an oral medication.
This should not be applied to wounds, broken or irritated skin or place a bandage onto the area after the cream has been rubbed in. If your cough is associated with mucus, smoking, asthma or emphysema you need to consult with a Doctor first. I have had asthma my entire life and when difficulty with breathing occurs I use my prescribed inhaler and refrain from applying the Vicks VapoRub Cream until I retire for the night.
I also like that this is in the tube, which makes it portable where you can carry it in your purse or bring it on trips. Last month my youngest son was in the Hospital for four days, so we all stayed there for the duration. I packed up the tube of Vicks VapoRub Cream since my older son had swollen glands along with the cough and sniffling for a few weeks. Before he went to bed I was able to apply a coating to his chest and throat so he was comfortable in that environment as well.
The tube will last a long time since a small drop can go a long way with the soothing vapors. For those pregnant or nursing it is advised to check with your Doctor before using. If after seven days of using the Vicks VapoRub Cream and the cough is still persistent or the aches have not subsided, discontinue use and check with your health care provider for alternate care options. The same goes for this as well as other medicines to call Poison Control should this be accidentally ingested. The number is found in phone books in the front and should be placed near your phone and on refrigerator for emergency precautions.
This is the first product I use when the signs of cold shows up on my son because there are no adverse reactions to other medicines and he enjoys the rub as it goes on and likes the smell. Mentioned on the website but nowhere on the packaging is the following, VapoRub Cream may be an alternative to oral decongestants for people who suffer from hypertension. VapoRub Cream may also be an alternative for diabetics who are looking for a sugar-free cough suppressant. Each time I have used this for my son it has worked quickly with him going to sleep after the application. He wakes up refreshed and the areas are not sticky or greasy from the cream.
This is one of those items that should be stocked in the medicine chest for seasonal use when the bugs strike and the occasional sore muscles flare up. I believe the price is also cheaper than the ointment, currently selling at Walgreens for $4.99.
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