Vicks VapoRub, VapoSteam, or VapoPads: Which Is Right for You?

Common cold got you coughing? Minor aches and pains courtesy of the flu? Quick-acting, long-lasting relief from your symptoms is available from Vicks VapoRubVicks VapoSteam, and Vicks VapoPads. But which should you reach for first?

Your answer lies in the symptoms you want to relieve and how you want to benefit from the soothing, medicated vapors each product offers. Pause here to consider your symptoms–throat and bronchial irritation, or muscle and joint discomfort, for example–then read on to learn how each product works to get you back to feeling like yourself.

Let Vicks VapoRub suppress your cough and relieve minor aches and pains.

Vicks VapoRub Topical Cough Suppressant has had a place in American homes for several generations now. As effective as ever, Vicks VapoRub produces powerful, long-lasting medicated vapors that enter the nose and mouth and start working in minutes to ease breathing and promote restful and restorative sleep.

For temporary relief from common cold-related coughs: Apply a thick layer of Vicks VapoRub to the throat and chest. Cover it with a warm, dry cloth if desired. Keep clothing and other coverings around the throat and chest loose to allow vapors to reach the nose and mouth easily. You can feel safe using Vicks VapoRub up to three times daily or as directed by a doctor.

For minor aches and pains in muscles and joints: Apply Vicks VapoRub to the affected area no more than three to four times daily.

How it works: Camphor (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic), eucalyptus oil (a cough suppressant), and menthol (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic) are active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub. Note that Vicks VapoRub should only be used on children ages two years and over.

Vicks VapoRub Topical Cough Suppressant is also available with Lavender Scent and with Lemon Scent.

Let Vicks VapoSteam moisten your breathing passages and relieve your cold-related cough.

For temporary relief from common cold-related coughs: Pour Vicks VapoSteam into the medicine cup of a Vicks Vaporizer or other hot/warm steam humidifier. Vicks VapoSteam increases the action of steam to moisten dry, irritated breathing passages associated with colds.

How it works: Vicks VapoSteam contains an alcohol-based formula that produces powerful, medicated steam. It’s not for internal use, and should be used for steam inhalation only, up to three times daily or as directed by a doctor. Vicks VapoSteam is not for use by children under two years old.

Let Vicks VapoPads soothe your discomfort and enhance your humidification experience.

For nasal and congestion relief, or to create a calming, peaceful oasis in your home: Use Vicks VapoPads with Vicks HumidifiersVicks Vaporizers, and Vicks Sinus Inhaler with a VapoPad slot/door.

How it works: Each pad delivers up to eight hours of soothing vapors and fast-acting relief. For infants under ten pounds, don’t use more than two pads in a twenty-four hour period. For children ten to twenty-two pounds, don’t use more than six pads in a twenty-four hour period.

Choose from: Vicks VapoPads Plus Intense Cold Blasting MentholVicks Soothing Menthol Vapors VapoPadsVicks Soothing Sleepy Time Comfort VapoPads with eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender vapors for added comfort, and Vicks Calming Menthol and Lavender Vapopads.

Options are good when you’re feeling bad.

A young North Carolina pharmacist named Lunsford created Croup & Pneumonia Salve in 1894 to soothe his young son’s severe cough. Over 125 years later, American households continue to trust the product we now know as Vicks VapoRub. When you need to feel better, Vicks VapoRub, Vicks VapoSteam, and Vicks VapoPads are your trusted choices.