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Vicks VapoRub: How not to use it!

Have you ever smeared some Vicks VapoRub under your nose? A number of people do this to clear their nasal passages. Dr. Rubin of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina has published a study in the journal Chest looking at this practice.

His conclusion are to "never put Vicks in, or under, the nose of anybody - adult or child." His study focuses on children under two years old because they are especially vulnerable as doing so can cause severe respiratory distress. The ingredients in Vicks can be irritants to the nasal passages. As a protective mechanism, the body produces more mucus which causes a young child's small airways to swell, causing severe breathing difficulties.

Procter and Gamble, the makers of Vicks do advise parents against using their product in your little ones in this way.

If you use Vicks in this manner, I would appreciate your feedback about this practice - Both positive and negative comments.

Yours in health,

Ian Koo, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Essentials Health Centre
"The care you want, the health you need"

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