Vicks VapoRub has provided over-the-counter relief for more than 100 years. The most common use for VapoRub is decongestion and cough suppression. Yet, the Vicks legacy is much more than cold and flu remedies.
There are a dozen uses or more for Vicks VapoRub, and many of them may surprise you. Apart from cold and flu relief, Vicks can ward off mosquitoes. On the chance that they do bite, Vicks relieves the itching.
Vicks for Mosquito Bites
Vicks VapoRub is a topical ointment with medicated vapors. Camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus oil are the main ingredients. Eucalyptus oil is a cough suppressant. Camphor and menthol are cough suppressants as well as topical analgesics.
If you spend time outdoors in the summer, consider using Vicks for mosquito bites. Vicks soothes the skin itchiness of insect bites and minor rashes. The ointment is also useful for driving mosquitoes away before they can bite.
Scientists found that mosquitoes hate clove, camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus. You could make a homemade bug spray with these essential oils, or … grab a jar of Vicks VapoRub. Mosquitoes hate the smell of Vicks vapors, so the ointment makes a good insect repellent.
How to Apply Vicks VapoRub
To apply Vicks VapoRub to a mosquito bite, wash your hands then wash and dry the bite area. With your fingertip or a cotton swab, dab a small amount of ointment on the itchy spot. Rub the ointment over the irritated area until your skin absorbs it.
When you use Vicks to soothe mosquito bites, you should feel relief immediately. If your skin continues to itch, apply the ointment again as needed.
Side Effects and Precautions
Like any medication, Vicks VapoRub has directions for use. Always use the ointment as intended and pay attention to the warnings. Since VapoRub is a topical ointment, use it only on your skin. If irritation or redness occurs (the only real side effects), stop using the product.
In general, Vicks ointment is safe for women who are pregnant or nursing. The ointment is not intended for infants or toddlers. In case of ingestion, call your local poison control center immediately.
Vicks vapors are powerful enough to clear your sinuses. For this reason, people sometimes apply the ointment under their noses. This can cause painful irritation, allergic reactions, or damage to the eyes.
If you use Vicks for mosquito bites, do not use the ointment on your face. It is better to use a different remedy for face itching and irritation.
Vicks VapoRub has many uses, starting with congestion and coughs. It can also treat other ailments, from muscle pain to toenail fungus. Its versatility makes it an excellent choice for your medicine cabinet or first aid kit. With summer almost here, make sure you have Vicks for mosquito bites and other skin woes.