Is Vicks VapoRub Toxic?

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Why is Vicks banned?

Due to Japan’s extremely strict anti-stimulant drug laws, any drugs containing pseudoephedrine such as Vicks inhalers are banned from the country. While you might think a blocked nose is bad, carrying one of these in Japan could land you in prison – yikes.

Can Vicks VapoRub cause pneumonia?

The research paper, “Exogenous lipid pneumonia related to long-term use of Vicks VapoRub® by an adult patient: a case report,” was published in BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders. ELP is a rare condition that results from the aspiration or inhalation of material of animal, vegetable or mineral origin.

How long should I inhale Vicks VapoRub?

Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose for at least two to five minutes.

Is Vicks VapoRub safe?

The bottom line. It’s not safe to use Vicks VapoRub inside your nose as it can be absorbed into your body through the mucus membranes lining your nostrils. VVR contains camphor, which can have toxic effects if absorbed into your body. It can be especially dangerous for children if it’s used inside their nasal passages.

Can you drink Vicks in hot water?

You should not heat or microwave Vicks VapoRub. Do not add Vicks VapoRub to hot water or any container where heating water. Doing so may cause splattering and result in burns.

Can Vicks hurt your lungs?

Vicks has been reported to cause inflammation in the eyes, mental status changes, lung inflammation, liver damage, constriction of airways and allergic reactions.

What are the side effects of Vicks VapoRub?

There are few documented side effects for Vicks VapoRub but some have occurred. Because the medication is topical (applied to the skin) the most likely side effects are skin irritations, rash, redness, or hives. If you notice these side effects, you should discontinue the medication and call your doctor.

Can you use too much vapor rub?

Vicks VapoRub is made from natural ingredients. However, even natural chemicals can be toxic if you get too much of them or use them incorrectly. Also, children and adults of any age should not place Vicks VapoRub under their nose or in their nostrils.

What happens if you swallow Vicks VapoRub?

Never eat or swallow Vicks VapoRub. The ingredients are toxic when ingested. There have been cases when Vicks VapoRub caused the skin under the nose to lighten. There have been rare cases when long-term or excessive use of Vicks VapoRub caused a rare form of pneumonia.

What chemicals are in Vicks VapoRub?

The main ingredients of Vicks VapoRub include camphor 4.8%, eucalyptus oil, menthol 2.6%, thymol, and several other ingredients. Thymol, or 5-methyl-2-(1-methylethyl) phenol, is a phenol derivative that can have antiseptic and preservative properties.