Vicks VapoRub is a cold vaporising ointment. For symptomatic relief from blocked nose and cough due to colds.
Vicks VapoRub's intended use is as a cold medicine. The directions for people over two years old are to apply a thick layer on the chest and throat. Under loose clothes or a dry towel, the menthol-eucalyptus-camphor acts as aromatherapeutically. Inhaled fumes loosen mucus and phlegm and soothe the urge to cough. Camphor and methol are also topical analgesics, offering pain relief. Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Jay Hoecker writes that while VapoRub is not marketed as a nasal decongestant, the powerful fumes may also unclog sinuses. Vicks also suggests adding a teaspoon of the rub to hot steam vaporizers. The medicated steam acts as an alternative or supplement to VapoRub placed on the body. Additionally, VapoRub contains no sugar and is not ingested, making it a safe cough and cold treatment for diabetics.