Can vaporub help with asthma?

Vaporub is often used to treat asthma symptoms that are caused by exposure to environmental irritants, such as strong odors, chemical fumes, or strong scents like perfume, cologne, or aftershave.

For example, you may be exposed to household cleaning chemicals, which can cause allergic reactions. These chemicals include ammonia and bleach. Exposure to these chemicals is common. In fact, approximately 15 million people in the United States suffer from asthma or allergies.

How does vaporub work?

Vaporub vaporizes and dissolves the substances that cause your symptoms. Once the substance is vaporized, it can be inhaled.

When inhaled, the vaporized substance can help to relax your airways, which in turn can make it easier to breathe.

How does it compare to other asthma medications?

Vaporub is a newer, more effective treatment for asthma. However, it is not as effective as traditional asthma medications.

Vaporub does not work for everyone who suffers from asthma. For example, it may not work for people who have an extremely sensitive airways.

Although vaporub is not as effective as traditional asthma medications, it can still be very effective. It is especially useful for people with a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In COPD, the airways become inflamed and narrow, which impairs breathing. In some cases, these airways can become so inflamed that they cannot be cleared even with traditional medications.

How to use vaporub?

Vaporub is used in the morning when you wake up. It is usually taken by mouth.

Vaporub may be used for a few weeks before you try a new treatment to see if it works for you.

If it does not work for you, you may need to try another treatment.

Once you stop using vaporub, you will need to be on a new treatment for at least 12 weeks before you try another treatment.

It is important to take all of your asthma medications as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss any doses of your medication, you may experience the symptoms that are caused by the medication.

Vaporub may be taken with or without food.

What are the side effects?

Vaporub is generally considered safe when taken as directed. However, the medication may cause some side effects.

Some of the less common side effects of vaporub include:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia

Vaporub may also cause:

  • Stomach pain and cramping
  • Constipation
  • Allergic reactions

Symptoms that are not caused by vaporub may occur without any treatment.

These symptoms may last for several weeks or months. You may not see any improvement in these symptoms after using vaporub. In some cases, the symptoms may be severe enough that you need emergency medical attention.

Are there any alternatives?

There are no alternatives to vaporub for asthma. If you are interested in using a medication for asthma, you should talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

The symptoms you experience may vary from person to person. You may have symptoms that are similar to vaporub.

You should see your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms while using vaporub:

  • Fights with asthma
  • Symptoms that are not relieved by your current asthma medications
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Changes in skin color
  • Excessive mucus

You should also see your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • A severe allergic reaction
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening condition
  • Anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening
  • Seizures

If you have any questions about vaporub or other allergy medications, please talk to your doctor.

What you should do right now?

If you are experiencing any symptoms of allergic reactions to vaporub, such as:

  • Itchy skin
  • Itchy eyes
  • Severe sneezing
  • Wheezing

If you have any of these symptoms, you should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away. If you develop these symptoms after using vaporub, you should see your doctor immediately. You should also see your doctor if you have any questions about vaporub or other allergy medications.

If you do not experience any symptoms, you should continue to use vaporub.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should immediately stop using vaporub and seek medical attention:

  • Sudden coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • A very tight chest

If your symptoms do not go away after two weeks of stopping vaporub, you should seek medical attention.

What are the risks?

The most common side effect of vaporub is nausea.

You should avoid taking vaporub if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Vaporub can also cause allergic reactions. If you are allergic to any of the substances that vaporub dissolves, you may experience an allergic reaction.

The risk of an allergic reaction is greater when using vaporub for the first time and during extended use.

The side effects of vaporub are temporary. The medication can be stopped if they bother you. However, it is important to still follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor.

Your doctor will monitor your symptoms and may prescribe other medications to treat your symptoms.

Some of the medications your doctor may prescribe include:

  • A short-acting beta-adrenergic agonist (SABA)
  • An anticholinergic
  • A corticosteroid
  • A long-acting beta-adrenergic agonist (LABA)

You may not need any other medications if you have asthma symptoms caused by a cold or the flu.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about the medications that may be recommended.

It is important to be aware that using vaporub or any other allergy medications can be dangerous to your health. Always seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A skin rash
  • A skin infection


Vaporub is a new treatment for asthma. It is not as effective as traditional asthma medications, but it can still be very effective.

You will need to try another treatment for at least 12 weeks before you try another treatment.

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