Chances are that you have reached for help for Vicks VipoRub if you ever had heavy breathing or cough. And in order to sleep at night you probably rub it on your chest to soften the symptoms of cold and flu.

Instead of rubbing it on your chest, you should try to apply it all over the sales of your feet. Many users are saying that with this technique this popular ointment works better.

Is this really true?

This unusual method of using Vicks as a cough treatment also needs you to put on socks after applying the gel on your feet. The word spread all over Facebook and other social networks as well as forums all over the Internet

People can feel the vapors of the ointment reaching their throat and it really works when you rub this before you go to sleep. Yes, according to those who support this method you should do this before you go to bed.

This technique is not new, but even though there are a lot of people who swear this method works for them, there is no scientific evidence as to whether or not it is effective. So the question remains, is it true or not?

Even through many scientists denied this method, many people believed that this is really a home cure for cough and that it works well with young children, too. This took place in March 2007 when the online world was flooded with the news and the advice that you should apply the famous ointment on your feet and putting on socks before you go to sleep.

Due to the fact that it can reduce stress, Dr. Lynne Jordan who is a psychologist agreed that this unconventional method may really work for some people. Yes, by decreasing the stress of the person who is wheezing and coughing it may also reduce the discomfort too.

A cough also may be a symptom for bigger health problems so don’t rely on this method if your child is coughing, instead of that schedule a visit to a pediatrician to diagnose the real problem.

These are the problems that you need to watch out from:

  • Cough that lasts for more than three days accompanied by fever
  • Cough that is wet and productive
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough that interferes with sleep and other activities
  • Cough that makes swallowing difficult, along with other problems, such as fatigue