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How to Use Vicks Vapor Rub to Decongest Nose

Updated April 17, 2017

Although Vicks VapoRub was invented in the late 1800s, the product still remains popular for treating nasal congestion. According to, Vicks VapoRub Topical Ointment is the best-selling cold/flu product for people ages 2 and up. When you rub the ointment on your skin, your body heat evaporates it, and you inhale the vapours from the active ingredients of camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol to clear your sinuses. It's a reliable and inexpensive method for cold relief.

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  1. Sit comfortably in a chair or propped up against pillows in bed.

  2. Spread a thick coating of Vicks VapoRub over your chest and the front of your throat.

  3. Put on a loose, button-down shirt to keep warm. Leave the top three or four buttons undone so you can naturally inhale the vapours.

  4. Rest while you let the VapoRub do its job. Reapply the ointment up to three times per day as needed or however often your doctor recommends.

  5. Warning

    Vicks VapoRub should not be used on children ages 2 and younger.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vicks VapoRub
  • Loose, button-down shirt

About the Author

Christa Titus is a dedicated journalism professional with over 10 years writing experience as a freelancer with a variety of publications that include "Billboard" and "Radio & Records." Her writing has also been syndicated to such media outlets as the "Washington Post," the "Seattle-Post Intelligencer," the Associated Press and Reuters. Titus earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan College.

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