Did you know that the use of Vicks VapoRub is not only for helping clear up congestion? Aside from its use for colds, the ointment is very effective at alleviating itchiness and discomfort from insect bites, in particular from mosquitoes.
Also, the strong scent of Vicks is known to keep mosquitoes away. Therefore, it works as both an effective treatment and preventative measure for mosquito bites.
The active ingredients in Vicks ointment include eucalyptol, camphor and menthol, which has been used for centuries in the treatment of skin itchiness such as the kind caused by insect bites and minor rashes.
How to Apply Vicks for Mosquito Bites?
1. Wash your hands thoroughl.
2. Clean and dry the area around the bite.
3. Using the tip of your finger, a cotton ball or Q-Tip, apply a small amount of the Vicks vaporub ointment on the insect bite.
4. Gently rub the ointment into your skin, until it is completely absorbed. You should experience some relief immediately.
If the bite begins to itch again after the initial application, you can re-apply the ointment as often as needed.
What Makes Vicks Vaporub an Effective Remedy for Insect Bites?
According to Dr. Neal Schultz, NYC dermatologist, there is some solid science theory behind this homeopathic remedy. “Three of the ingredients, which are camphor, menthol and thymol, are topical analgesics. These create a cooling sensation and stop the itching.
Also, the VapoRub was responsible for flatting each bite, due to its nutmeg oil content. This essential oil contains anti-inflammatory properties, as well as redness-reducing and pain-relieving benefits. Lastly, the cedarleaf oil in Vicks acts as a natural mosquito repellent.
Vicks VapoRub should be used as shown on the label and should pay close attention to any listed warnings. Since the ointment is a topical one, it must be used externally or on the skin only, and never ingested.
The powerful odor of Vicks can often clear up sinuses, some individuals apply the ointment underneath their stuffy noses or those of their children, which can produce severe allergic reactions in some people. Also, it can also cause damage and painful irritation to the cornea if it comes in contact with the eyes. The ointment should never apply on the face. If you get a mosquito bite on your face, use one of the many other effective remedies available on the market.
Vicks VapoRub has not been approved for children under 2 years old and can cause fatal poisoning if ingested or enters the blood stream in large amounts. In this happens, contact your local poison control center immediately.
The medicated ointment is generally considered safe to use when breastfeeding or pregnant, but just to be on the safe side, pregnant or nursing women should contact their health care providers for advice regarding its usage.
The only common side effect linked with the use of Vicks ointment is reddening of the area where it has been applied or skin irritation. If this occurs, you should discontinue usage of the product and use another effective mosquito bite remedy.
Vicks VapoRub has been recommended for a variety of different conditions such as cold prevention when applied to the feet and treatment of toenail fungus, amongst other ailments.
Due to the practicality of this product, it is a good idea to keep some on hand in your medicine cabinet. The inexpensive generic brands usually contain the same active ingredients and work just the same.
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