Got a bite? Try Vicks for itch


April 09, 2000|By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate

Q. I have an excellent use for Vicks VapoRub: mosquito bites! It not only stops the itch right away, but the bite disappears.

A. Thanks for the tip. We can't believe all the different uses people have for Vicks VapoRub. This old-time chest rub contains essential oils such as camphor, menthol, eucalyptus oil, cedarleaf oil, nutmeg oil, petrolatum, thymol and turpentine oil. We don't know which of these might be helpful for mosquito bites.

You can read about other uses for Vicks VapoRub at People have praised Vicks for nail fungus, canker sores, paper cuts and dandruff.

In their column, Joe and Teresa Graedon answer letters from readers. Write to them in care of the People's Pharmacy, P.O. Box 52027, Durham, N.C. 27717, or e-mail them via their Web site,

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