Vicks Vaporub on feet for cough

Before attacking the Vicks Vaporub, I have something important to tell you, friends:

I think I have already told even the doorman (although I am sure that he would also find out without me telling him) but last Saturday I started a collaboration in El Programa (with capital letters) by Pepa Fernández on RNE1 titled No es un día anyone . We have baptized the section Perverse Effects and in it we will give an account of the numerous myths and hoaxes that exist around health: medicines, diseases, food … Everything that is put at our disposal.

We decided to start by addressing the myths of the cold and the flu, because although influenza tops the list of the ten most frequent diseases in mankind, we are still not very clear about some concepts. In this link you have the interview, in which, among other things, Aberasturi asks me about the technique of putting a parsley on his armpit to make his fever rise (apparently he did it in the military or something like that) And I answer that in my internship years
I used to chalk with the same purpose. Yes, that’s the level. I already warn you that the interview is much more funny, but in case you are working and putting the podcast sings a little, I leave you here the highlights:


1. Vitamin C does not prevent a cold

Cold and vitamin C have been a lifelong dance partner because in the 1970s, Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling published a study that seemed to support this theory. If a double Nobel prize said it (Chemistry in 54 and Paz in 62, who would say otherwise?). Almost 50 years later, new studies indicate that there is really no evidence that this is the case, taking vitamin C supplements does not prevent a cold BUT it could shorten the duration of the cold by one day.

The recommendations of the health authorities are curious: “try” to increase the consumption of vitamin C while you have a cold to see if one lasts less. And if it doesn’t work, don’t use it anymore. Come on, the thing is not at all clear.

2. You have to drink the juice quickly because the vitamins are gone:

As much as our mothers forced us to take it in a marathon plan, choking us, because the vitamins were going to “vanish” or “evaporate”, today we have the opportunity to change history and let our children calmly enjoy its flavor. The vitamins remain stable for several hours without problem, although it is not the plan that the juice last from breakfast to dinner. If someone wants more information, they can do so in this post on Petroleum Gums.

3. Cover your mouth with the scarf and do not speak that with the cold “viruses” enter you.

Another maternal threat with a leg of myth and another of reality. Friends of my parents say that when I was little my mother took me so warm that she looked like the Michelin doll, with the scarf turned eighteen. My brother got smarter and every morning before going to school, when he was 7-8 years old and started going alone, he learned to tie the scarf on the bars of the neighbor’s window. On the way back, he picked up the scarf and came home with it on, so handsome, so blond, and looking as if he hadn’t broken a plate. And so day after day. My mother found out months later one day when the neighbor snitch told her about it because she couldn’t seem to hold the secret anymore.

Colds are spread by saliva droplets and nasal secretions that are expelled by coughing, talking, or sneezing. The cold can dry the mucosa and make the barrier of entry easier, but it is not true that viruses come from the cold. Of course, if we take shelter with the scarf or with the dressing gown, these blankets that became fashionable two years ago and take people down the street as if they were going to work every day in Lapland, we will have the mucosa in better condition.

4. Vicks Vaporub on the feet

It runs like wildfire on the Internet, putting Vicks Vaporub on your feet and on your socks before going to bed, calms the cough. It has no foundation. Basically because the components are not absorbed through the skin of the feet. In addition, if any potential effect has the Vicks Vaporub it is due to the vapors, and from the feet stuffed into socks with pellets (or without them) these will hardly reach the nose. In other words, the antitussive efficacy is the same as smearing your feet with quince jelly or bitumen, to say the first two things that have come to mind.

In addition, remember that these balms should not be used in children under 2 years of age because menthol can cause bronchospasm, respiratory crises similar to those that occur in asthmatics. All is not lost! There are rosemary and pine balms that are suitable for children. Of course, to put on the chest, not on the feet.

5. Onion for cough

Along with vitamin C it is the most deeply rooted of all myths, although there is no evidence of its effectiveness. Now, as it is not harmful, after giving it many laps and seeing the passionate defenses generated by the exhibition of sliced ​​onion as a cult object on the nightstand , if someone wants their home to become the festival of smell and mount a Burger King in your bedroom, perfect. Nothing to object to.

6. Acetaminophen or Effervescent Aspirin are not decongestants

Pills reminiscent, spawning, squeaking, frying, pssssshhhhh.

Every onomatopoeia is little when it comes to naming effervescent tablets. Its great advantage is that they are absorbed faster because they do not have to break down in the stomach. But although many are determined, no matter how much they do psssssssssshhhh, paracetamol or acetylsalicylic acid do not “cut the mucus”, they are only analgesic and antipyretic (and anti-inflammatory in the case of aspirin).

Anti-flu drugs are decongestants because they associate pain relievers with other decongestants such as phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine


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