Vicks VapoRub is usually used on the back, chest and throat. For children over 2 years of age, the ointment should be rubbed slightly on the chest and back. Putting on loose clothes after applying the cream is necessary to for easy inhalation, as stated by VICKS.
Vicks VapoRub is a cream used to treat symptoms of colds, such as sore throat, coughs, congestion and nasal catarrh. The active ingredients in the ointment include levomenthol, turpentine oil, eucalyptus oil and camphor. Each ingredient helps to ease a particular symptom associated with colds.
There are some cases where by a patient is advised not to use the cream. Patients who are allergic to any of the active ingredient of Vicks VapoRub should not use the cream. Vicks VapoRub should not be used on children under 2 years of age. The ointment should not be rubbed on wounds, broken skins and mucus membranes. It is necessary to wash the hands thoroughly after applying the ointment.
People with a history of asthma or airway disease should consult a doctor prior to using the cream. Breastfeeding women should not apply the cream to the chest as it can affect the baby. Pregnant women should talk to a doctor about the possible effects of the cream.