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Got Cold or Cough with Congestion? … Get Cautious with Camphor

Posted: December 6th, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

It’s that time of the year again, and along with the cold weather, nasty colds, hacking coughs and stuffy noses have arrived. Time to break out the over-the-counter decongestants and other treatments that make you feel better.

Many families use mint-scented products like Vapo Rub, that are massaged on the skin or inhaled, to give a comforting, warm, soothing sensation.  Even though they don’t shorten the course of the illness, they may provide temporary relief from cough and cold symptoms.  Mike, our medical director, recalls being lathered up with the stuff like a greased pig when he was a kid. Read more »


Topical Pain Relievers- Apply with Caution!

Posted: September 26th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A large number of over-the-counter products are available to remedy the minor aches and pains that all of us experience at one time or another. These creams, ointments, lotions, gels, patches, and roll-ons, like Bengay® and IcyHot®, offer temporary relief of the discomfort caused by arthritis or muscle aches and strains.  Many of these products are a combination of just a few ingredients such as menthol, methyl salicylate, camphor, and capsaicin.

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