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You snotty cow!
Vicks V1300 Steam Inhaler
Member Name: Sarccyslayer
Vicks V1300 Steam Inhaler
Advantages: Easy to use, inexpensive, dishwasher friendly, widely available
Disadvantages: None unless you don't like Vicks
Usually when I have a cold I use products such as Lemsip, Beechams and items such as Paracetamol, Tunes and Olbas Oil. I become a basic walking pharmacy until I can get it out of my system. However this last cold showed no signs of weakening and a friend of mine suggested I used steam with some Vicks Vapo-rub mixed into the water and then usually a towel over my head, breathe in the steam to clear my sinuses and blocked nose which would hopefully help to make me feel a little more human. So I had one go of doing that and made such a mess out of it and almost scolded myself in the process and gave it up as a bad idea, then I had a chat with my mum who told me to go on Amazon and buy a proper steam inhaler that she uses when she has sinus problems. I am glad she suggested which one I purchased because there are so many options, some with eye-watering prices, that I would never have been able to choose what would work best, so it was nice to have someone with an honest opinion on a product they used regularly enough to say "Buy that".
The reason I wanted to use steam is because I hate having to use those sprays which you have to shove up your nose. I don't like the feeling or the sensation of them and I don't think they are that effective, they tend to work for an hour or two at most before you have to use them again. So the Inhaler for me sounded perfect.
The Vicks Steam inhaler is quite widely available online and in some pharmacies, though I had never noticed or heard of it until my mum had mentioned it on the telephone. It retails between £7.99 and £10.99 depending on where you purchase it from and it should come with two 'Vapopads' so you can use it straight away, if not then you can also buy them separately too and they retail around £3-4 for a box of 5. Once you get the box, inside there is a booklet which is written with really simple, user-friendly instructions, so that you can use the inhaler effectively and efficiently and it is only 4 pages long.
The idea behind this inhaler is that the Vapopad or Scent Pad as they are also referred to, create vapours which penetrate the nasal, throat and sinuses to help relieve your cold and flu symptoms, similarly to what shoving your head over a bucket/bowl of hot water does but this product is portable and leak-resistant, which means that I can bring this inhaler into work with me and use it, as and when I feel I need too without having to fill up a bucket or bowl with hot water and because it fits quite easily into my bag without taking up too much space.
To look at this inhaler is cone shaped and it has two separate parts to it - the top and the bottom. The top part houses a funnel shaped contraption that you hold just below your chin and the vapours come through the funnel for you to breath them in and assuming you have reassembled it correctly its really easy to use.
To use this inhaler, you need to remove the top from the bottom, so to speak, by simply twisting it slightly and then it comes away really easily, then using hot tap water you fill the inhaler base to the line which is clearly marked out, careful not to overfill it or it will leak. Then with the VapoPad, open the packet that it is in and add it to the water is small and rectangular in size and it fits neatly into the inhaler base. As soon as the pad hits the water the oils are released and it begins to work through the steam from the water, so you need to quickly put the inhaler back to together so that you can use it properly, then simply breathe in the vapours from the scent pads to relieve congestion and blocked stuffy noses. As you breathe the vapours in you can feel them beginning to work as they penetrate their way through your blocked nose and up to relieve headache tension, possibly caused from trying to breathe too hard through your blocked nose and constantly sniffing.
The vapour is that of Vicks, anyone who is familiar with Vicks Vapo-rub which will familiar with the scent, I really like it and do find it soothing when I need to use it to help me breathe much easier. Should you ever run our of scent pads and need to use your inhaler, then as an alternative you can use a teaspoon of Vicks instead and it is just as helpful and it is good to know that there is an alternative in your hour of need, should you need it.
The enclosed leaflet does state that this inhaler should be washed thoroughly after every use and thankfully for some it is dishwasher safe so you can put it in there or wash it as you would do your other crockery, you do also need to make sure you dismantle the inhaler so that both parts are washed and then before using it again ensure it has been dried properly.
Overall I find this inhaler really useful, it cuts out the need for buying multiple items to combat a cold, it is easy to use, easy to assemble and for me it works really well because I can take it to work should I need too and it is easy to carry around. I find it much better for clearing my sinuses than a nasal spray and more effective than using Olbas Oil on my pillow or on a handkerchief to relieve the pressure and the pain.
So for me this is a product I won't hesitate to use again because it works perfectly well, is minimum fuss, much safer to use than a hot bucket or bowl of hot water, does what it says it will do and it is fairly inexpensive, but do shop around to make sure you are not paying over the odds and im not too sure I would buy one that had been used by someone else either, but they are available!
Summary: A steam inhaler to help shift the heaviest of colds and the snottiest of noses
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