Does Vics Vapo Rub cause pneumonia?

Does Vics Vapo Rub cause pneumonia?

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DAN IN DETROIT

United States

#1 Mar 10, 2007
Rodney aka Preachers wife claims that he had a friend die from using Vics which led to pneumonia. One site about kids says that coughing is good and that it makes the phlegm leave your lungs. It says not to put vaporub in the vaporizer. 7 other sites applaud vaporub and say it clears your lungs. Years ago I used it when I had a bad chest infection and it cleared my lungs but I did battle pneumonia on and off for about a month. Warm weather eventually seemed to heal it. What does anyone else think???
CandyO

Glen Burnie, MD

#2 Mar 10, 2007
Disagreements aside. Influenza B has hit my area bigtime. In fact, our school may close Monday because 40% of the kids are sick. I agree with PW/R and think you should see a doc.
sissi

AOL

#3 Mar 10, 2007
DAN IN DETROIT wrote:
Rodney aka Preachers wife claims that he had a friend die from using Vics which led to pneumonia. One site about kids says that coughing is good and that it makes the phlegm leave your lungs. It says not to put vaporub in the vaporizer. 7 other sites applaud vaporub and say it clears your lungs. Years ago I used it when I had a bad chest infection and it cleared my lungs but I did battle pneumonia on and off for about a month. Warm weather eventually seemed to heal it. What does anyone else think???
I think seeing a doc early to get some antiviral meds, drinking lots of fluids and avoiding all over the counter meds with the exception of a fever reducer ,if necessary ( not aspirin for children), should be the way to go. As for vicks ,any oily substance can cause pneumonia if ingested or inhaled, a bit rubbed on the chest shouldn't cause a problem.
Cherry

AOL

#4 Mar 10, 2007
This is interesting because I have had a nasty nasty cold for the last 8 to 9 days. It makes you cough a lot and at bed time. I got vicks vapor rub the other day and put some at end of my nose and on throat. I guess this is ok. But the coughing still goes on but not as bad. It comes and goes now. I got some cough medicine but the thought of cough medicine kind of gives me the willies. I'm trying to fight it with Halls cough drops and Vicks Vapor Rub. I hope this is right thing. I called the nurse the other day and she said cough medicine and etc would be ok. It gets you at night and makes you cough.
Dots

AOL

#6 Mar 10, 2007
Try Thera-flu. It relieves the flu symptoms and helps you to get some rest.

Don't forget chicken soup and saltines! And get some fresh air.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#8 Mar 10, 2007
Vicks vapo rub does NOT cause pneumonia. It helps relieve chest congestion so you can sleep.
CandyO

Glen Burnie, MD

#10 Mar 10, 2007
I think Metamucil loosens alot of things too!
DAN IN DETROIT

United States

#12 Mar 12, 2007
Thanks for all the info. I`m feeling somewhat better with the warmer weather. Apparently Vics Vaporub is to be applied only externally to your chest and not breathed into your lungs or put under your nose. Apparently the coughing was good because that`s your body`s defense system expelling the phlegm from your lungs. Thanks for the tips. This is a very nasty cold/ influenza combo going around.
joejam

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#13 Mar 12, 2007
hope you feel and get better DB...

“If life gives you melons”

Since: Nov 06

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#14 Mar 12, 2007
DAN IN DETROIT wrote:
Thanks for all the info. I`m feeling somewhat better with the warmer weather. Apparently Vics Vaporub is to be applied only externally to your chest and not breathed into your lungs or put under your nose. Apparently the coughing was good because that`s your body`s defense system expelling the phlegm from your lungs. Thanks for the tips. This is a very nasty cold/ influenza combo going around.
Dan, they makes Vicks inhalers, you can definitely rub it on your chest and neck and you can also inhale it and put it under your nose. There have been some masty strains of flu and clds going around this year/
Cherry

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#15 Mar 12, 2007
Doctors warn people not to use menthol inhalers if they can help it. They say they can cause blood pressure to go up I guess. Sounds weird but that is what I've heard. Used them all my life now I haven't for a couple years.
drew

Hemel Hempstead, UK

#16 Mar 13, 2007
sissi wrote:
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I think seeing a doc early to get some antiviral meds, drinking lots of fluids and avoiding all over the counter meds with the exception of a fever reducer ,if necessary ( not aspirin for children), should be the way to go. As for vicks ,any oily substance can cause pneumonia if ingested or inhaled, a bit rubbed on the chest shouldn't cause a problem.
Agree with you there sissi but I had a cold once and rubbed a lot of vicks on my chest and throat. Bad thing to do. I ended up with pneumonia. I think it aggravates if the condition is not treated with antibiotics.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#17 Feb 25, 2010
Does anyone have any suggestions for SEVERE bronchitis? I have had this for 3 weeks, and don't seem to be getting much better. The second day I had this, I knew I was very sick, and went to an urgent care, who said I had a virus. I got progressively worse, until I went back a week later and was diagnosed w/ bronchitis. By then, it was also badly complicated by asthma. I've had bronchitis and pneumonia MANY times,(thanks to my mother being a smoker, all 4 of my siblings and I have allergies, asthma and lung problems), but never like this. I was put on doxycycl, advair and mercifully, a codine cough syrup. Before, I had been put on Z-pac, this time they didn't because my blood pressure was sky high from being so sick. Anyway, the only thing that brings any relief is the codine cough syrup, for maybe 2-3 hours at a time. I believe it's due to the horrible winter we've had, and the temperature has never warmed up very much all this time. I've tried the homeopathics, tea, vicks, all nothing. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Old South

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#18 Feb 25, 2010
candy wrote:
Does anyone have any suggestions for SEVERE bronchitis? I have had this for 3 weeks, and don't seem to be getting much better. The second day I had this, I knew I was very sick, and went to an urgent care, who said I had a virus. I got progressively worse, until I went back a week later and was diagnosed w/ bronchitis. By then, it was also badly complicated by asthma. I've had bronchitis and pneumonia MANY times,(thanks to my mother being a smoker, all 4 of my siblings and I have allergies, asthma and lung problems), but never like this. I was put on doxycycl, advair and mercifully, a codine cough syrup. Before, I had been put on Z-pac, this time they didn't because my blood pressure was sky high from being so sick. Anyway, the only thing that brings any relief is the codine cough syrup, for maybe 2-3 hours at a time. I believe it's due to the horrible winter we've had, and the temperature has never warmed up very much all this time. I've tried the homeopathics, tea, vicks, all nothing. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Candy, I feel like an old pro when it comes to lung congestion. I have Sarcoidosis, a condition that can affect ALL body organs but sometimes concentrates mostly in the lungs. I've therefore been under the care of a pulmonologist for many years. For various reasons, I had to change docs - my first one retired, the second one prescribed Lovoquin over my objections, and the third one did the same. But I did manage to get the last one to prescribe something else, so he gave me a Z-Pac. I took all of it and it gave me no relief. Over the years, I've been prescribed many meds, including Prednisone. But I've found the thing that works best for me is Vicks, Tramadol (a pain med), and Hall's cough drops, the ones that have the soft center.(I have to take the pain med due to pain associated with Sarcoidosis, but it seems to help relieve a cough, also.) Anyway, I keep a jar of Vicks by my bed and when I start feeling congested or start coughing, I rub my chest and neck with it. It ALWAYS helps.

Hope you get to feeling better. I do suggest, though, that rather than keep going to an urgent care center, to consult a pulmonologist. They are experts in the field and when something occurs that can be very serious, they should be the ones to check and see exactly what is ailing you.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#19 Feb 25, 2010
Thank you so much Old South! I greatly appreciate the advice. I think I need a pulmonologist too. I did see my regular doctor the second time, 2/15/10, after the urgent care doc on 2/8/10 said I had a virus and it proceeded to get worse. For sure the antibiotics are not strong enough. I've had your experience with Z pac too, for me it either works great, or I need another type. THANK YOU for your advice :)
driver

Concord, NC

#20 Feb 28, 2010
Candy, I, too, have lung problems...lots of allergies and asthma which just started with me about two years ago. Zpacks do nothing to help me. The antibiotic they give me when I have an infection is Levaquin. I have had best results from that, and they will also give me a weeks worth of Prednisone to go along with it. I take Allegra and Singulair every day, sick or well, as well as using a Flovent inhaler and Flonase nose drops. Something I have added myself that DOES WONDERS is Mucinex DM. It thins the mucous and really really helps with coughing. I also keep Vicks by my bed, and use it every night to help with my breathing. I rub it under my nose to help open my breathing. Hope this helps you. I'm sorry you're so sick.
Capricorn

Budd Lake, NJ

#21 Feb 28, 2010
The most important and imperative thing you MUST do is find yourself a pulmonologist

My husband has the same type of thing; minus the asthma and eventually, after going through many different meds, particularly because of interactions with other medications that you may be taking, it is of the utmost importance that you utilize the services of a pulmonologist. Keep in mind that other medications may interfere with certain antibiotics. My husband couldn't take the z pack because of interactions with other meds that he was taking. Pulmonologists (at least good ones) will take all medications into consideration to prescribe the proper ones

Once you have bronchitis, you will always have it and every time you get any "bug" you will find yourself sick with bronchial problems.

Get a pulmonologist!
candy

East Lansing, MI

#22 Feb 28, 2010
Thank you driver and Capricorn also for the advice. It is greatly appreciated. I've been at my wit's end with this current bout. The things that usually work, like Musinex DM, the antibiotics, aren't working this time. The congestion does not come up when I cough, no matter what I use. I go back to the doctor on 3/3/, I will ask to see a pulmonologist.
Old South

AOL

#23 Feb 28, 2010
driver wrote:
Candy, I, too, have lung problems...lots of allergies and asthma which just started with me about two years ago. Zpacks do nothing to help me. The antibiotic they give me when I have an infection is Levaquin. I have had best results from that, and they will also give me a weeks worth of Prednisone to go along with it. I take Allegra and Singulair every day, sick or well, as well as using a Flovent inhaler and Flonase nose drops. Something I have added myself that DOES WONDERS is Mucinex DM. It thins the mucous and really really helps with coughing. I also keep Vicks by my bed, and use it every night to help with my breathing. I rub it under my nose to help open my breathing. Hope this helps you. I'm sorry you're so sick.
Candy, before you take any Levoquin (should a doc prescribe it for you) please be aware that this drug is a "black box" drug and is just before being taken off the market. It can cause serious problems with ligaments and tendons -- problems that cannot be corrected. That is why I refused to take it when my pulmonologist prescribed it. He shrugged off the warnings, saying it wouldn't hurt me. Well, I say, if it won't hurt, why is it a "black box" drug? I'd rather not trade one problem for another.

I do agree that Musinex-D does help, too. But I will never, ever take Levoquin unless/until it gets a clean bill from the government. Just google it and you will see what I'm talking about.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#24 Feb 28, 2010
Thanks Old South. I greatly appreciate the information and advice from everyone.

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