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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Vicks Vapor Rub on Feet STOPS Cough!

I received an email which claim the following:

"How to stop cough in 5 minutes!!! This is a must try... We have all been kept awake by our own or someone else's cough. Try this and pass it on. The tip and not the cough. ANYTHING is better than antibiotics. Even babies could benefit from this and the parents wouldn't worry about the safety of their child. And of course, it is harmless and free from any type of side-effects. WOW! I was raised, and raised my kids with Vicks. How come I never knew this? I can't wait for my next cough. Amazing!"

Treatment:
To stop night time coughing in a child (or an adult, as we found out personally), put Vicks Vapor Rub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime and then cover with socks.

" Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about five minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. This works 100 percent of the time, and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly."

If you are still not convinced or rather want to know more, read the following (there are good and bad reviews):

SNOPES.com
Mothersclick.com
Drugstore.com (Read the customers' review)

Do you believe? No harm trying since the method used is absolutely harmless to the body? Will you try it? What do you think?

48 comments:

bjergamagic said...

We tried this with our 1 year old and our 3 year old who both had coughs, both slept through the night! We use Vicks everytime now when they are having trouble sleeping because of a cough.

karlt83 said...

Maybe I'm not doing this right but I just put Vicks on my almost 3 year-olds feet and she is still coughing. How much do you "slather?"

Anonymous said...

I love this remedy..it works so well for my boys who is 4 and 7yrs old...I place a nice thick layer of vicks on their feet and on their chest..cover them up and the cough is gone..It really works

Nathan J said...

I am 27yrs old and I have had a cough for three days now. I am pretty sure that it is swine flu, though I have not been tested for it. My throat is tender from coughing and I was afraid that it might turn into a bronchial infection if I didn't get it under control. Only moments after applying the Vick's Vapor Rub to my feet my cough stopped and has not come back for 4 hours. Finally some relief. Thanks

huckleberrieprimitives said...

Today is the 4th time I've tried this with my youngest son who's 4, and it works everytime. The last 3 times I used it on him he had Croup and this time it's the Flu. I use generic too.

NancyB said...

I have had a terrible cough for almost 2 weeks. Dr said it is viral, pretty much said "deal with it". I have been miserable because I can't sleep. Maybe 20 minutes at a time because of this cough. Last night, out of desperation, I tried the Vicks on my feet. That was the best sleep I have had in weeks. AMAZING! Tonight, I tried it on my 8 year old daughter. Will see. I really was amazed with my results.

Jan26 said...

Just tried it! Just worked!

Mercedes said...

I never heard of applying vicks to feet to stop coughing, but a friend recommended it on facebook when she saw my posting that I was sick. I immediately tried it and it made me feel so much better. It didn't stop the cough altogether, but it was just so soothing and stopped me coughing during the night, so I could actually get some rest. I feel much better today. I'm reapplying tonight before bedtime and will try this on my kids too!!

Erika Mellmann said...

I don't care what Snopes says! My friend told me about Vicks on the feet last night at a meeting. I tried it on my 8 year-old son and on myself and it seems to have worked for both of us. I slept, horizontally and in my own bed, for the first time in almost a week (coughing has kept me awake or sleeping on the couch propped up with pillows). AND now today things are...moving...rather than a dry, throat-shredding cough it has become productive and I'm breathing free! Time to go buy more Proctor and Gamble stock. :)

Anonymous said...

We gave our daughter every kind of cough med we could get our hands on, even with codeine. None of the meds worked. She coughed for over 4 hours even in her sleep until she finally got wore out enough that the cough subsided. We tried the vicks on her feet and within 30 minutes the cough stopped. I will try and pass this technique on to anyone with small children that have colds/cough.

hazMattSoot said...

This remedy works great! Not only does it help with a cough, but it's a sure way to feel better after an all-night bender. Don't forget to put socks on, because if you have to scramble to the toilet you'll slide right past it and into the tub like Dorothy Hamill reaching for the gold (after a similar all-night bender). The problem with Vick's is that it's extremely habit forming. So much that I use it even when I'm perfectly healthy. Is there any good way to get the slathering monkey off my back?

Larissa said...

THIS WORKS COMING FROM A 34 YR OLD WITH SWINE FLU

I was diagnosed with piggy flu last week. After breaking the fever 4 days later, I noticed the cough was getting more persistent and aggressive: constant coughing at bed time, as when I would lay down, I couldn't breath. A breath in would mean hours of coughing.

Note: I was taking an asthma inhaler (don't have asthma), vicodin, muscle relaxant, prescription cough syrup, and NyQuil all at the same time. NOTHING was knocking me out. The cough was bad, couldn't breath and couldn't control the coughing.

At my wits end, and hearing that the H1N1 was turning into pneumonia for some people, i headed back to the doctor to check it out. He was stumped that the meds I was taking wasn't helping out all. Prescribed antibiotics.

That night, after many friends persisting I put the Vicks on the bottom of my feet, I gave in to their crazy suggestion. I WAS DESPERATE for sleep and relief.

It worked! I could actually lay down and breath without coughing. I slept 4 hours straight then woke up trying to catch my breath and coughing. inhaler didn't work. So I reapplied the Vicks (my feet were dry already) and then slept another 3 hours until the alarm went off.

Last night, I repeated the same thing. Heavy smear of Vicks from toes to heel, comfy socks. Last night was the first night I slept soundly through. It is amazing.

I would say, reflexology. With all of the sensors on the bottom of my feet (my massage therapist has rid of migraines through my feet), the camphor sends a signal which calms the lungs). That's my guess. Can't find any science on this trick yet.

Anonymous said...

Putting Vicks on your feet works GREAT for congestion too! I had been congested to the point that I could not even hardly breath. I had tried every decongestant out there and within seconds of putting Vicks on my feet it worked!

KATIE said...

I heard about this technique a few times and never paid any attention to it, a facebook friend put on her status how amazing it was, I am 36 weeks pregnant and had this cough for 3 weeks, I have pulled a muscle in my tummy from all the coughing, made worse at night lying down, there is simply nothing I can take being pregnant!! also my 3 yo son has been cpughing at night for a few nights, I firstsly told his daddy to put the vapo rub on is feet and socks on after his bath, he looked at me a bit strange. didnt hear a single cough from him all night, literally not one!!! I went to bed a few hours later, spent half an hour coughing, and in pain with my stomach from the coughing - every cough feels like a knife sticking in my side! I thought oh what the hell ill try thr technique on my self - not believeing for a second it would work on my terrible chest - the second i done it i felt a calm all over my body, my eyes started wartering from the vaporub and my chest felt so clear - no rattling, nothing!! i maybe coughed once of twice the whole night!!! AMAZING!! my hubby is simply amazed and went to work himself with vicks on his feet lol!!! as well as helping with the cough it makes you feel all warm and calm.

Anonymous said...

The last few night my 3 month old has been miserable with a cold. He has been coughing and sneezing all night so no sleep for him means no sleep for me. Desperate I found some Vick and slathered on his feet and covered his feet with socks. So far he hasnt coughed yet. I may get some sleep tonight. Woohoo!

Anonymous said...

I was skeptical until I tried it! I have had a miserable cold and sinus infection for a couple of weeks. I spend all day coughing, but have slept through the night every night with Vicks on my feet. It's amazing how well it works.

Anonymous said...

totally worked on our 2-year old last night; thanks!

John said...

Regardless of your age, this is a win-win for everyone. I have had a persistent cough for nearly a week and heard about Vicks on the feet. Gave it a try and instant results. So much for sleeping on the couch with the head propped up with pillows -- it's the best solution to stopping a cough!! Give it a try -- I'm sure you'll see the same results!!!

Anonymous said...

Does this work during the day when a person is on bedrest?

MichelleR1118 said...

This works like a charm on my kids every time and they are 14 months and 3 years of age! I haven't had to try it on myself yet.

ajm said...

For kids use Vicks Baby Rub no the adult Vapo Rub. The camphor is not to be used for children! Look it up. The baby rub has less harsh ingredients that are ok for babies.
And while you're at it, why not use it as directed.

Anonymous said...

I am a 22 year old male. I have been sick recently and I was talking to my mom about it and we were talking about normal cough medicine. She then told me about puting Vicks Vapor Rub on my feet and then puting socks over. I didn't believe it and thought it was dumb. But in order to make my mom happy I did it that night and Iafter about 5-10 mins my cough left. And I was able to sleep through the night for the first time in about a week. It was great. It still doesn't make sense but I've been doing it for about a week now do to having a sinus infection and it helps my cough and lets me sleep. I still think whoever decided to rub vick vapor rub on their feet and cover with sock to help your cough must have been on drugs, but it works.

Anonymous said...

35 yrs old - Worst cough EVER!!! I have been hacking uncontrollably for 5 days. I tried the vicks on the feet, and BAM I can sleep again. Miracle cure if there ever was one.

Anonymous said...

This works with or without the socks, trust me, when your sick and don't care what your sheets smell like, I wanted to be comfortable and not too hot so I tried it without socks and it works just as well. "wash sheets when you get better :-)

Anonymous said...

just tried it after hours of persistent coughing and it has worked -

Anonymous said...

more like 15 minutes

Anonymous said...

Ive had a horrible cough for about 9 weeks. Sometimes I cough so bad I almost pass out. A lady at Ameren UE told me to put the stuff on my feet. It was so outrageous that I had to try it. To my surprise I haven't coughed yet. I try to cough and its much better sounding. Just amazing.

Steph26 said...

I am a 20 year old, female. I have been coughing for quite a bit, probably 6-7 Days. I've Tried absolutely everything from Buckleys cough syrup to Theraflu Max D horrible tasting tea to Mucinex DM, Now on Amoxicillin 500mg(Thank God I work in a pharmacy) lol nothing has worked. Until I came across some home remedies online and saw the Vicks trick. I gave it a try and it works like magic! Wow who would've thought a simple pair of socks and Vicks Vapor Rub actually does the job!!!!! It's been three hours and no cough or sniffle....Definitely spreading the word...hope this review helped. Take Care Happy holidays =)

Steph26 said...

I am a 20 year old, female. I have been coughing for quite a bit, probably 6-7 Days. I've Tried absolutely everything from Buckleys cough syrup to Theraflu Max D horrible tasting tea to Mucinex DM, Now on Amoxicillin 500mg(Thank God I work in a pharmacy) lol, nothing has worked. Until I came across some home remedies online and saw the Vicks trick. I gave it a try and it works like magic! Wow who would've thought a simple pair of socks and Vicks Vapor Rub actually does the job!!!!! It's been three hours and no cough or sniffle....Definitely spreading the word...hope this review helped. Take Care Happy holidays =)

Anonymous said...

This is so true. My daughter's Kindergarten teacher told me about this. Last night I was sick and my 5 year old was coughing really bad, I put vicks on mine and her feet. She slept thru the night without snoring and not one cough was made. For me, I woke up without a cold and ready for work.

Anonymous said...

Really does help! Reduced my husbands constant cough, to just a few times, before he went to sleep...there is something to this, but don't get why the feet?

Maria said...

OK, so I've heard of this remedy from several people, including my 90 year old grandmother and have always been very skeptical. After my third sleepless night last night with my 3 year old, who has had a terrible cough, I decided to try this out...I mean, what have I got to lose. I'm not kidding you, this works, and I am the queen of skeptics!!! All parents should try this, instead of just doping up their kids. It has made a believer out of me!!

Hayes said...

I'm a 32 year and I have had this cough since November of 2011 it is now March 2012, and I was still coughing. I had been back and forth to my doctor, she gave me antibiotics, pills to help with the cough, she put me on a inhaler, I even had a chest x-ray done. I bought every medicine I could think of, so much I could have started my own pharmacy. Nothing was working. IN TILL I PUT VICKS VAPOR RUB ON MY FEET! I sleep like a baby! I am a believer. Now I will try it on my 5 year old.

Linda said...

Been a Vicks user since I was a kids..(Grandma introduced it). I have a 5 yr old that seems to constantly be getting coughs so I tried the Vicks on the feet..He is sleeping soundly after a day of coughing! I am a believer and it does work!

Michelle said...

This really does work!! My 5 year old daughter has been coughing every couple of minutes ALL day long. I put the vicks on the bottoms of her feet and she hast coughed since. It has only been 45 minutes but she is calm and sound asleep :) We'll see how she does through the night. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Maria said...

I don't have any Vicks here so I've just used some homoeopathic cream called Plantago Bronchialbalsam (by WALA) on my 15 month old and...it works! No more coughing! Praise the Gods!

Anonymous said...

My daughter has been up coughing all night. I decide to google about home remedies for coughing. This is what came up. All I can say is that it works! I will always use vicks.

Anonymous said...

Why didnt I try this before!!! Its amazing!!! My daughter suffers from very nasty colds! I mean she gets them really bad and after days trying EVERYTHING including a vaporizer this was the only thing that worked! Definetly a must try!

Anonymous said...

I am a pediatrician and have recently read about this. I have been advising my patients to try this saying that if it doesn't work, we can always try a cough medication. So far, it has worked for at least 4 hours in every patient I have tried this on.

Anonymous said...

okay,been coughing for two weeks now really fed up with it so i'm going to give this totally outrageous idea ago tonight.let you know how it goes.:-)

Anonymous said...

Just tried it and omg feeling so much better :) cough is gone and nose isnt as stuffy.

funnyfemale said...

You are probably doing it RIGHT. Didn't work for my toddler either. He's 2 1/2.

Anonymous said...

I'm still coughing. This does not work for me. Two hours I've had it on my feet and it's not doing anything.

Anonymous said...

Works amazingly. Four year old kept waking up from cough. Put vicks on her about 45 min ago and she hasn't coughed since. Who knew?! :)

Donna said...

Heard about this a few days ago at work.Some useful advice for my annoying cough,which I have had for 2 weeks following a flu like illness of 2 weeks.The person who told me about had heard it only worked for children and I'm a 40 year old woman so I didn't hold out much hope.
The last few days I have felt as if I were recovering during the day with just a little cough but at night the coughing is uncontrolable.Tonight I couldn't bear it,coughing almost constantly and so hard it hurt my ribs and my head.I tried the vaporub on my feet although I was still dubious i was desperate and within minutes felt calm and stopped coughing.
I,m pleased with the effects right now but I,ll let you know how long it lasts.

Anonymous said...

Tonight when my daughter awoke with a high fever, feeling uncomfortable and unable to go back to sleep, I read online that someone had used Vick's on the feet to reduce fever. I keep the white Tiger Balm on hand, not Vick's, so I just used the white tiger balm on my daughter's feet to see if it would reduce fever and yes! She is now sleeping soundly and the fever is down from 103.3 to 100 after 15 minutes! Now I can rest, too and the mild, pleasant scent is helping me breathe easier! : )

Anonymous said...

I was at out patience last night and was prescribed an antibiotic. I coughed all last night, I've been sick for 3 days and not getting any sleep because of my coughing. My mother's friends told me to try putting Vick's on my feet then put socks on, within 10 minutes, I stopped coughing. I felt so relaxed. Looks like it'll be a good sleep ahead !

Anonymous said...

My 18 month old son had been coughing during the night for the past few nights making him very unsettled (normally a fab sleeper).
I got some own brand vapour and rubbed it on his feet at bed time. 3 hours later, he is sleeping soundly and hasn't coughed once!!
Fingers crossed! I'm optimistic! :)

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