Sometimes I wonder how did Vicks Vaporub pass the test of time? Many last century treatments are no longer on the market, but Vicks Vaporub stands still in 2019! This powerful topical decongestant is used for over 100 years to treat common cold symptoms, but the most interesting thing about Vicks Vaporub is that it can have many other uses.
Is funny how the herb mixture found in Vicks is great in getting rid of acne, treating earaches, reduces stretch marks, heals your feet, fades away bruises, treats cuts, and much more.
But, one in particularly caught my eye: Vicks Vaporub seems to be great in lessening the discomfort of poison ivy.
Why didn’t I think about it?
Being a mentholated over-the-counter cream, Vicks Vaporub can alleviate the redness and itchiness of any rash, even the rash caused by skin eczema (dermatitis).
Can Vicks Vaporub soothe poison ivy itch?
Apparently, it can! The wonder is how?
Well, anatomic speaking, it seems that skin cells reacts to a stimulus such as poison ivy or nettle, and sends a message to the brain “itchy situation”!
The fact is that these nerves respond to certain factors such as temperature and itch, and the menthol and camphor found in Vicks can shut down the itchy sensation. The thing is that even hot water can control the itchy produced by poison ivy, but Vicks is more likely to stop the itchy and redness until the next day.
Well, I am! But how can you use Vicks to get rid of poison ivy rash?
- Apply a thick layer of Vicks over the poison ivy rash, and then cover it with a bandage. It’s better to let it act overnight or throughout the day.
- Another option is to apply Vicks over the rash, massage gently to get deeply into the skin, and then put a cold towel over it or an ice pack to control the itchy furthermore. This method involves sitting in one place.