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By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | April 30, 2000
Q. I have a scalp condition for which I have used Nizoral for years. It also affects my facial skin and eyebrows, causing scaling and itching. I have used a prescription cortisone cream for this, but it is no longer very effective. After reading in your column about the person who used Vicks for bad dandruff, I tried it on my face and had almost immediate results. The scales in the nose creases disappeared overnight. The scaling on my forehead and in my eyebrows is also disappearing, but more slowly.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun | May 25, 2003
You have often mentioned unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub. I decided to try it on my cracked heels. For the past three years I have applied every possible cream, but nothing worked until I used Vicks. Amazingly, in a couple of applications, deep and painful cracks healed. The only drawback: The cracks return if I stop. Vicks VapoRub contains many essential oils in a base of petroleum jelly. If plain petrolatum (such as Vaseline) doesn't help your cracked heels, the essential oils might be playing a role.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun | May 25, 2003
You have often mentioned unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub. I decided to try it on my cracked heels. For the past three years I have applied every possible cream, but nothing worked until I used Vicks. Amazingly, in a couple of applications, deep and painful cracks healed. The only drawback: The cracks return if I stop. Vicks VapoRub contains many essential oils in a base of petroleum jelly. If plain petrolatum (such as Vaseline) doesn't help your cracked heels, the essential oils might be playing a role.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | October 7, 2001
Q. I'm sensitive to poison ivy and have had it almost every summer since childhood. At the end of this summer I had a bad case that itched at night (as always). I tried everything I had on hand: cortisone cream, Ivy Itch, alcohol. Finally I grabbed the Vicks VapoRub out of desperation and dabbed it on. It eased my itching immediately. I applied some every night until the poison ivy had cleared up. I've shared this information with my family, and I'd like to share it with your readers, too. A. Camphor, one of the main ingredients in Vicks VapoRub, is found in over-the-counter remedies for poison ivy. Others have shared their success using Vicks for the itch of mosquito bites, but this is the first time we have heard of using it for poison ivy. Q. I have had bad luck with prescription antidepressants.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 26, 1999
Q. I had toenail fungus so bad that my family doctor said it would take three visits and three treatments to clear it up, and the medicine can be hard on the liver. What really got my attention was the cost: $700.I checked with a friend who is a podiatrist. He confirmed what the doctor said but assured me that the liver scare was no big problem.A week later, just before my wife and I left on a one-month trip to Europe, she read your column about using Vicks VapoRub to kill toenail fungus.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | October 7, 2001
Q. I'm sensitive to poison ivy and have had it almost every summer since childhood. At the end of this summer I had a bad case that itched at night (as always). I tried everything I had on hand: cortisone cream, Ivy Itch, alcohol. Finally I grabbed the Vicks VapoRub out of desperation and dabbed it on. It eased my itching immediately. I applied some every night until the poison ivy had cleared up. I've shared this information with my family, and I'd like to share it with your readers, too. A. Camphor, one of the main ingredients in Vicks VapoRub, is found in over-the-counter remedies for poison ivy. Others have shared their success using Vicks for the itch of mosquito bites, but this is the first time we have heard of using it for poison ivy. Q. I have had bad luck with prescription antidepressants.
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By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | April 9, 2000
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 www.peoplespharmacy.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | September 9, 2001
Q. I read your column about Vicks VapoRub as a treatment for toenail fungus. I tried it, and it worked beautifully. Within two months, my nail looked normal with an application every other night before going to bed. That was almost a year ago, and it still looks fine. I continue to put the Vicks on once a week, if I remember. My nail was awful for years before I read of this remedy, so I thank you. A. Not everyone gets as good a response as you did, but we are delighted so many of our readers report success using Vicks VapoRub against nail fungus.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | April 7, 2002
Q. Have you ever heard of anyone being allergic to Vicks VapoRub? A few days ago I had some congestion, and instead of taking a decongestant, I decided to try rubbing a small amount of Vicks on my chest before going to bed. The next morning, the area where I had rubbed the Vicks was red, warm to the touch and very itchy. Over the next two days, it went from itching to burning, and the area showed little bumps. A. We wouldn't be at all surprised that you could be allergic to ingredients in Vicks.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | December 8, 2006
When I was very small in the late 1950s, there was a great children's cold salve called Save the Baby. It was rubbed on the chest to help clear congestion. Do you know whether this product still exists? When we last wrote about Save the Baby several years ago, a reader told us that it is a regional remedy available in Massachusetts. We have not seen it for years, but you might be able to find it on the Internet. Save the Baby was promoted for coughs, colds and congestion. It contained camphor, which gave it a distinctive aroma.
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By Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon, and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | April 30, 2000
Q. I have a scalp condition for which I have used Nizoral for years. It also affects my facial skin and eyebrows, causing scaling and itching. I have used a prescription cortisone cream for this, but it is no longer very effective. After reading in your column about the person who used Vicks for bad dandruff, I tried it on my face and had almost immediate results. The scales in the nose creases disappeared overnight. The scaling on my forehead and in my eyebrows is also disappearing, but more slowly.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 26, 1999
Q. I had toenail fungus so bad that my family doctor said it would take three visits and three treatments to clear it up, and the medicine can be hard on the liver. What really got my attention was the cost: $700.I checked with a friend who is a podiatrist. He confirmed what the doctor said but assured me that the liver scare was no big problem.A week later, just before my wife and I left on a one-month trip to Europe, she read your column about using Vicks VapoRub to kill toenail fungus.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | April 15, 2001
Q. My husband works in construction finishing Sheet-rock. Sandpaper and spackle dust dry his hands out so the tips of his fingers are often split and painful. A friend suggested wrapping the split fingertips with electrical tape. Amazingly, his fingers healed in a couple of days. This is a trick of the trade I thought you would like to know. A.Thanks for this remedy. People also report success putting Vaseline, Vicks VapoRub, Bag Balm or Udder Cream on their hands at night and covering them with cotton gloves.
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