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Fast Relief from Nasal Congestion. For the temporary relief of nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever, upper respiratory allergies or sinusitis.

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      22.06.2013 21:35
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      4 stars

      No matter what is going around in the winter months we always get it in our house, my Husbands medications means that he has a very low immune system so with that and a child in school we have no chance. I literally try everything I can to make us all feel better and especially my husband who is very good at the whole "i'm dying I have man flu" routine.

      I bought the Vicks inhaler from one of the supermarkets when I was doing my weekly shop so it was easy to pick up and is readily available in chemists, convenience stores and discount stores. The product costs around £2-£2 depending on where you buy it and comes packaged against a cardboard sheet with the name of the brand and a little information such as who can use it and how to use it.

      The inhaler is made of hard plastic, is a circular shaped and a couple of inches long, it has a white plastic cover which fits over the top to keep it as hygienic as possible. The lid covers the whole length of the inhaler and simply clicks on and off so is easy to use.

      The inhaler is very easy to use, simply remove the lid and place the tip of the inhaler into the end of your nose of course not pushing it inside as that would hurt. You simply sniff the vapours from the inhaler into each nostril, I find it easiest to hold one side of my nose closed whilst using it on the other side for maximum effect.

      I found that the inhaler worked pretty well but the effects only really lasted 25-30 minutes so had to be reused throughout the day. I found that my nose didn't clear completely but it made my cold much more bearable and helped me get to sleep on a night which i'm sure everyone who has had a cold would be thankful for.

      The inhaler is suitable for children aged 6 plus so neither of my children have ever used one before and even though Sophie has just turned 6 I don't think I would trust her not to stick it too far up her nose so will probably just stick to rubs for a couple of years yet.

      As the inhaler is so small it is ideal for carrying around with you and was easy for me to slip into the pockets of my uniform at work, the inhaler gives relief within a minute or so of use which is great. I think the only drawback of this is the fact the effects don't last long enough and for that reason I give it 4 stars.

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      07.03.2013 20:03
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      Great thing to have

      Vicks has for years helped mend us from colds and flus. I have most of the Vicks products in my medicine cabinet including this.

      What its used for...
      This is used to unblock noses and relieve pain.

      Packaging....
      This does not come in a box but you buy it in a tube. To get at it, you need to unscrew the lid. On the tube there is a sticker that has the name Vicks and how to use it.

      How to use...
      You unscrew the lid and insert the tube into one nostril, holding the other nostril closed and inhale deeply.

      Ingredients...
      Menthol ep 125mg
      Camphor ep 50mg
      Siberian pine needle oil fp 10mg
      Methyl salicylate.

      My experience....
      For as long as I can remember I have always used this, it's great for when I have a bad cold, I find it very soothing. At first you get a tingly sensation, it does sting but that goes and it is very successful at making it much easier to breath.

      Availability...
      You can buy these online and in store, Boots and chemists do sell these.

      Price....
      I have seen these in the poundshop, you can buy them from £1 up.

      Advantages.....
      Cheap.
      It works very well.

      Disadvantages.....
      None!

      Would I recommend....
      Yeah, I think it's a very handy thing to always have in the cupboard.

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      22.07.2012 00:51
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      No one likes a snuffly, stuffed up nose but alas it is a rather common symptom of colds, allergies and the like; I hate it when my nose is blocked as I have to sleep with my mouth open which feels extremely alien to me and even when I'm awake I don't particularly like having to breathe through my mouth all the time as I just feel like a gasping fish. A product I find invaluable during these horrid times of nasal congestion is this nifty inhaler by vicks; a device which to use you just pop up your nostril and breathe in through your nose (as best you can!). What I love about this product is that it is unbelievably easy to use and works extremely quickly, providing temporary relief by helping to shrink swollen sinus membranes and easing sinus pressure too.

      Due to it's handy size you can use it virtually anywhere, just pop it into your purse or pocket and hey presto, nasal relief on the go! The vicks vapours are soothing and really help to clear your nose; it's very common when you first take a sniff to experience a burst of nasal discharge but see this as a good thing as it means your blockage is being well...unblocked! According to the manufacturers: "The product delivers into each 800 ml of air 0.04 to 0.150 mg of levmetamfetamine." But you shouldn't use it more often than every 2 hours. There are various dosages but it's recommended that children under 6 years old do not use the product and for kids aged 6-12 it should be 1 inhalation in each nostril (with adult supervision), anybody aged 12 or more can take up to 2 inhalations in each nostril. Then there are the usual warnings such as "Do not use for more than 7 days. Frequent or prolonged use may cause nasal congestion to recur or worsen. Stop use and ask a doctor if symptoms persist."

      Generally I do tend to forget about when I've taken this but will only use it a few times throughout the day, I find that even if you take it a bit hit and miss it still works wonderfully; usually after just 1 application I feel much better, though of course this relief is temporary and is not intended to cure your symptoms - rather it's designed to ease them. I can't comment on how much this costs as I found it randomly in one of our bathroom cabinets! It was still in the packaging but not sure how long these things stay in date, even so it did what it promised and really eased my stuffiness. Not overly keen on the slight stinging sensation when you first use it but I guess that just shows it has some welly and is fighting that congestion!

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      04.03.2012 17:10
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      Vicks vapour inhaler

      I am a big fan of Vicks vapo rub, I have used it for years and love the way it smells and the fact that it works really well at getting rid of my blocked nose. With my recent cold however, I haven't been able to use it as I am breastfeeding my little boy and I don't think it would be nice for him to be breathing in those vapours whilst trying to eat his dinner poor lad.

      So, I needed some targeted action and after reading a few reviews on the Vicks inhaler I decided to purchase one. I bought mine from Boots and it cost me £2.49 which I didn't think was too bad. I've used it quite a bit through this cold and it still seems to be going strong so I would say it lasts for quite a while.

      The inhaler is just a stick which looks a bit like a lipstick actually, and is said to offer fast relief from stuffy noses. It is incredibly easy to use and I actually prefer it now to the rub as it gets right to the point in the nose that you need it to and to where you are actually suffering which is better than the rub which you have to rely on to get into your nostrils by just breathing it.

      You place the stick in one nostril and at the same time hold the other one closed. Then you just breathe and try to relax and feel the stick working its magic to try and unblock your nose. I find it takes a few breaths, especially if I have a really blocked nose before it does unblock but it does work well. After a while my nose does block up again so I would say its not an instant cure for a blocked nose but does offer relief during the day. You can use this stick as often as you like during the day and believe me, during this cold I really have. My nose hasn't suffered from any soreness or nosebleeds so for me it has been a nice cold relief.

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      14.02.2012 16:59
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      A very useful member of the Vicks family

      Having a cold is horrible and having a blocked stuffy nose can really get you down. I have always used Vicks vapour rub and find that it helps relieve congestion. The rub can be used in many different ways such as rubbing it on your chest or dissolving in hot water. The only thing you can't really do with it is use it that much out of the house. The rubs are rather large to be carrying around therefore I decided to try the nasal inhaler as it is small and portable and mess free. 

      ==Price and availability==

      The Vicks nasal inhaler will cost you about £2.00 and it is available at supermarkets, chemists and online. 

      ==Description==

      The nasal inhaler comes in a slim tube with a pull off lid. It reminds me of a chapstick and I often get confused when rooting around in my handbag for either one! The nasal spray is a white plastic tube that has a smooth end, the idea is that you place this smooth end under your nose and inhale the vapour. The end of the vapour stick has a hole that allows the vapour to seep out. If anyone is not familiar with the Vicks smell then I shall do my best to describe it. The vapours that it gives off are strong and menthol, this helps to break down the congestion and open sinuses. 

      ==My experiences==

      This is a great product for the handbag. Having a cold is just dreadful and anything that helps it pass without too much bother is a winner in my eyes. The stick does not need to be pushed flat against the nose or ram it inside as you see some people do! You just need to hold it beneath the nostrils and take some deep inhalations. On first opening the inhaler it is really strong and makes my eyes water. The more you use it though, the more it seems to wear off. I guess the lifespan of this is probably for the duration of the cold whereas the tub can last you a year as it never seems to run out! I take this nasal inhaler to work and use it or just generally out and about. It is really useful. I can feel the menthol really clearing my nose and allowing me to breathe a little easier. It seems to soft of soften those nasal blockages so you can blow your nose easier and have a little relief. 

      ==Overall==

      This is a really useful product, it has a good design that allows you to have Vicks wherever you want! 

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        13.02.2012 20:55
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        A relief for cold symptoms but not my favourite

        With the colder weather comes all the colds and flu's and as we have 2 children at nursery we seem to catch everything going but with 3 young children we have to get on with daily life and so I try anything to help me feel even a little better that is why I brought this inhaler which
        Promised to help me breathe easy by providing quick relief and at £3 I decided to give it a go.

        It is a small plastic tube that has holes in the top of the tube there is a lid that goes over this to keep it fresh and is very easy to take on and off it simply slides over it.

        It is a very simple idea and easy to us simply put the Vicks Inhaler up your nose and takes a deep breath each side. Instantly I can feel it having an effect on me and I find it easier to breathe. It does not irritate my nose and I can breathe easier just as it promised. I found it did not fully take the stuffiness away but it did help a great deal.

        The inhaler is a good size so it can easily be used on your nose and the simplicity of using it is perfect especially while out and about. As the inhaler itself is made from plastic it is durable enough to be bashed about your handbag and still remain intact with no cracking or breaking.

        The results last for a good half an hour and then you can slowly feel the signs of the cold coming back it becomes harder and harder to breathe. It can be used as often as you like so as soon as the signs of the stuffy nose are coming back but as I was not too keen on using I decided to try and leave it as far between uses as possible.

        As it is so small it means it can easily fit in your handbag and be carried around anywhere which is great when you need some relief but still need to run around and at only £3 for one of these I think it is a far price for the size of the product and how effectively it works.

        As it is used in your nose it is not something that is hygienic and a family can share and so you will need to buy separate inhalers for each person. I have only used this for cold symptoms so cannot comment on the rest but the description says it can be used for nasal congestion due to a cold, hay fever, or other upper respiratory allergies.

        My husband swears by this and I cannot deny that it does work very well but to be honest I prefer Vicks rub as I am not keen on putting anything up my nose no matter how fast it works I do use this when I am out and about as it is easier to carry around but this is not one of my favourites.

        I would recommend this as it does work there are other alternatives that do the same thing but they often take longer to work whereas this is quick relief when you need it. It works well and helps reduce congestion as promised.

        Active Ingredients: Menthol 125mg, Camphor 50mg, Siberian Pine Needle Oil 10mg Also contains Methyl Salicylate Nasal stick (0.5ml medication) for nasal use.

        Age recommendation is 6 years plus but I would stick to Vicks rub rather than encouraging them to put things up their nose.

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          13.02.2012 03:40
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          Highly recommended

          A stuffy nose and that bunged up sounding voice are not the best thing when it comes to a professional vocalist. Singing through your nose is not a good sound, I know that. But when singing I do like to have the option to breath through my nose. When I'm congested be it on my chest or in my head I always turn to Vicks products. The Vicks Vapor Inhaler is a lipstick sized nasal congestion reliever. Maybe it's not the most hygienic of products but it only goes up my nose I'm not sharing it around or borrowing someone else's. The inhaler itself is a hollow, very smooth, plastic receptacle that contains the very familiar smelling Vicks decongestant. This smells exactly like the vapour rub that has been used for generations. Some people hate the smell, but I absolutely love it and always have done ever since I was a kid. It brings back lovely memories of being taken care of my mum and my grandparents. The tub of Vicks Vapor Rub always came out when ever had a cold and it always made my feel loved to be so well taken care of.

          When I use the inhaler I simply remove the hard plastic outer cover hold one nostril closed by applying gentle pressure then insert the tip of the inhaler in to the desired nostril and breath in deeply through my nose then repeat on the other side and replace the cover.

          No product is dispelled in to the nasal cavity it's just the vapours that are being inhaled deep into the sinuses. It feels lovely and cooling and works very fast at clearing a stuffed nose. If your nose is totally stuffed it will be a little heard to use this as you must be able to inhale through your nostrils at least a little bit. So in those cases it is recommended that you gently blow your nose before using the product. The main active ingredient is of course Menthol 125g of it there are a few other ingredients such as Siberian pine needle oil and Camphor.

          The fact that it's so small is great as I can bring it anywhere with me as I said it's only lipstick sized. One of these lasts for ever I have mine almost six months now and it doesn't look like it's loosing it's punch at all.

          After using the inhaler the air feels very cool through the nostrils just like the way air feels ice cold after eating a Fisherman's Friend sweet. To go from totally bunged up to breathing in what feels like ice cold mountain air, is as wonderful as when I take my asthma inhaler and go from the feeling of being suffocated to actually being able to take a lung full of air, and if I take them both I get to feel like a normal person again.

          I always buy mine in Boots where one will costs me £2.49. I have never looked for them during their promotions but maybe they do be part of their 3 for 2's so make sure to check before buying.

          These are a must have if you ask me, they are tiny but serve a huge purpose for me during the cold winter months both professionally and personally and I wouldn't be without it.

          Thanks for reading :0) 2night

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          26.01.2012 00:46
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          An inhaler to clear my nose when I am feeling rubbish.

          I have been suffering greatly recently with allergies, a cold, ear problems and basically everything else that is connected to ears, nose & throat. It is because of this that I have used numerous products to try and remove the stuffy, blocked up kind of feeling that I have been experiencing in my face!

          The price of this inhaler was £2.30 just two weeks ago and I was quite surprised that this had risen about 50p since I last purchased one last year. Once I got over the initial shock I got to work using this straight away. This inhaler comes provided in a cardboard backing with a plastic front that allows me to see what I am buying and its one of those annoying packets you basically have to punch your thumb through to make a hole to open it up.

          This is a small white inhaler and it has a white screw top lid that is basically the length of the inhaler itself. This is around the size of a lipstick and I love the handy size as I can just put this in my suit jacket at work and then discretely go and use it when needed without having to visit my locker just to get to my handbag.

          To use the inhaler is very simple and it works just the same way as any other similar one to be honest. Just undo the screw lid, place this in to a nostril, cover the other nostril and then inhale quite deeply. I usually put this a good centimetre in to my nose before inhaling and I always use it on both nostrils just to ensure that my airways are as clear as they possibly can be.

          This inhaler works very well, it takes just a few seconds to use and I can feel the relief almost instantly. Depending on how deep I sniff and how bunged up I am the results vary sometimes but I always find some relief from using this and quite often my airways feel clearer for at least 30 minutes before I feel like I need to use this again, sometimes even longer. Sometimes, if I inhale a bit too deeply, it can be a little uncomfortable so I usually just take cautious sniffs when using this.

          Once I have used this I find that it takes hours before my nose ends up as bad as before and this is a fantastic way to clear some of the stuffiness that can come from having a cold.

          Overall I must say that I am very pleased with this product. It works well at clearing my nose, the results last quite long and providing I don't inhale too deeply there is no problem at all.

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          19.12.2011 19:38
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          nasal inhaler by Vicks

          With me having had a cold recently, one of the main things I found was that I was congested and had a really sore nose area in my sinuses. I am not a fan of Vicks Vapo Rub but when I saw this Inhaler I thought it was perfect for what I was feeling. I like the smell of Vicks and being my nose that was the area I really needed to target, this couldn't have been more ideal. I got it for a great price too in Home Bargains just to add to my happiness, I just wanted it to work quickly so that I could get better and get back to work.

          PACKAGING

          This Inhaler comes in a small flat plastic packaging and the Inhaler itself is a hard plastic stick which is rounded at the top, almost looking like a lip balm. The lid pulls off to reveal the Inhaler underneath which looks just like the lid and is has directions for use etc on the Inhaler as well as paper packaging. I has the Vicks logo on the packaging and says that it gives 'Fast relief from stuffy noses' as well as it showing some of the ingredients in the Inhaler. The reverse of the packet goes into a lot more detail but all useful information.

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          The inhaler is given with warnings and they say that they recommend that you shouldn't use this after 28 days of opening but really your cold should be gone by then anyway so you shouldn't really need to use it again after that. If symptoms persist of your cold then see a pharmacist or a doctor and keep this out of reach of children as it is not recommended for children under 6 years. Other than that, it doesn't come with many more warnings as it is pretty straight forward to use this product and I found I didn't need much guidance.

          So, I started using this as soon as I got my flu symptoms and basically what you do is you use it as often as you need to use it and insert it well into the nostril holding the other nostril closed. Inhale it deeply to make your breathing a lot easier and clearer and a lot cooler. Now, at first when you breathe this in deep you may get a shock as it is very menthol like and it is quite tingly and strong but as soon as you inhale it will clear your nostril like that and it should do so for a good bit of time but when it fills up again just use this again to clear your nasal passage.

          If you need more information the leaflet is attached to the nasal inhaler lid and you just unpeel it all the way round and it goes into much more detail. I used this quite a number of times during the time that I was ill as I like the smell of it but also loved being able to breathe clearly even if for only short intervals. However, the more you keep using this and it will take up to 2 or 3 days to fully get better it will start clearing more and more. By the end of using this I was only using this briefly as I was pretty much clear of flu thanks to this helping me breathe.

          This is a great product and the night before I bought this I couldn't sleep for hours as I couldn't breathe out of my nose so thanks to this I was able to breathe and could sleep peacefully the next night without worrying. It does ease flu symptoms especially blocked noses and if you have one this is a sure way to treat it as it always works very well and you just need patience. I am pleased that I purchased this and if I get ill again then I will buy this as I know it has helped and cleared my blocked nose and everyone should buy one.

          COST

          This product is listed on the Boots website as £2.29 which isn't cheap but don't go there got to Home Bargains or the equivalent like Semi Chem and you will get this for about £1.39 which is what I paid for it which is a big saving!

          The official Vicks website is http://www.vicks.co.uk

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          28.11.2011 21:44
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          an absolute must have!

          When I get a cold I almost always get a stuffy or blocked nose. Sometimes it's one nostril but often it's both and I really really hate having a blocked nose. I have asthma as well, so I hardly need any more difficulty breathing lol.

          I find that the powders, pills etc. for coughs and colds never really do anything for my nose, so when I came across the Vicks inhaler I thought I'd give it a go. Vicks is a household name, I have memories of my gran rubbing Vicks vaporub on my chest when I was little with a terrible cold. It's a brand that I know and trust. I was a bit sceptical at first because it is readily available in shops rather than from the chemist, but it was worth a try.

          The inhaler is available at most chemists and supermarkets, priced around £2. It will work until it runs out basically. It is suitable for adults and children over the age of six years (must not be given to children under 6) and contains 0.5ml of medication. The other ingredients are Siberian pine needle oil (10mg), menthol (125mg) and camphor (50mg). Pregnant and breastfeeding women should check with their GP or pharmacist before use.

          To use, you insert the inhaler a couple of cm into one nostril and close your other nostril using your finger, then inhale deeply. You will feel a cool menthol sensation when you do this. You then remove the inhaler and insert into the other nostril if needed. It is very simple to use. If your nose is REALLY blocked, you might need to inhale it a few times to get full effect, but if you're not too blocked, you will find it works instantly and gives immediate relief. It tends to last for a good 30-60 minutes before I need to use it again.

          This is a really good product as it gives easy fast relief without the use of drugs, it is small (approx 7cm in length) so fits easily in your pocket or handbag, and the relief is usually instant. It is pleasant smelling, not too strong, and works really really well. It is non-drowsy and can be used as often as you want, which is a huge bonus. I use mine even at night to help clear my nose.

          All in all, very pleased and impressed, this is a must have for any medicine cabinet!

          MY REVIEWS APPEAR ON DOOYOO AND CIAO UNDER USERNAME PINKPRINCESS24/244

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          Portable menthol stick ideal for taking on holiday

          As you can probably tell from looking at my reviews, I'm a bit of a travel addict. Nothing kills a holiday faster than taking ill on the plane on the way out. After my asthma inhaler, my top "must have" medicine to take on holiday is a menthol inhaler to keep the aerosinusitis and sinus barotrauma at bay.

          As it happens, I usually end up with a Vicks inhaler, though this is simply because Vicks is one of the most widespread, being available in most pharmacies. That said, I have never noticed any significant difference between this brand and any other - I find that menthol is menthol and they all work in much the same way.

          ==Price==
          It is available from Boots at the moment for £2.45, with similar prices in other pharmacies and bigger supermarkets.

          ==What is it?==
          It is a decongestant, meaning it clears stuffy noses and sinuses. It is used to treat congestion, allergies, sinusitis.

          ==Ingredients==
          The stick says that the ingredients are 125mg menthol, 50mg camphor, 10mg Siberian pine needle oil and methyl salicylate. So, for those of you who like their remedies natural, this is a good one for you.

          ==What dosage can you have?==
          This particular brand of menthol stick says you can use as often as you like (this struck me as a little bit odd, because other brands often recommend only having them a certain number of times a day, but perhaps they have other active ingredients).

          ==How do you take it?==
          It comes in a little cylindrical tube about 2.5 inches long and half an inch in diameter. You take the lid off, put the stick up a nostril, pinch the other nostril closed and inhale. The act of breathing in causes a release of menthol fumes. There is no aerosol involved, so you don't have to spray.

          ==What if I can't breathe through my nose at all?==
          Yeah, that happens. Annoying, isn't it? This type of treatment isn't much use if you can't breathe at all. I find using a menthol chest rub or a tablet decongestant instead helps, then I can switch over to a menthol stick when I can breathe again.

          ==How long does a dose last for?==
          I find that although it works very quickly, it also wears off much faster than tablet based decongestants - on bad days, I need a sniff every half an hour to an hour!

          ==How long does it last?==
          I find that losing them is actually the main reason I need new ones - I've found that menthol sticks keep well and last for years. It's usually quite easy to see if they have worn out, because they don't smell any more.

          ==Portability==
          The stick is small and very light, making it easy to have one in every bag so that I have it to hand if I need it.

          ==How well does it work?==
          I find that it helps to clear the nose and relieves rhinitis quite well, but doesn't really address sinusitis at all, though at least it stops you getting some of the nastier sinus complications that happen when you fly (ruptured sinus membranes, which is unbelievably painful).

          ==Who can have it?==
          The inhaler does not state if it is suitable for pregnant women. It does say that it is suitable for adults and children over the age of 6.

          ==Is it safe for asthmatics?==
          Talk to your doctor/nurse if concerned. I personally find that it does not trigger my asthma (even though I have salicylate-sensitive asthma). But this is one of those things that depend on the individual - it contains salicylates so it may be problematic for extremely sensitive people. My GP told me that inhaling menthol vapours can be a bit kill or cure (it's always a bit alarming when they go "Try it and see, it might be helpful or it might set it off, we can't tell").

          One other issue that I have notices is that it can actually make me sneeze, although almost every inhaler and perfume does this to me, so I imagine that most people would be fine!

          ==Side effects?==
          This inhaler is much better than most decongestants in terms of only having minimal side effects. I'm usually kept up all night by most decongestants, but with menthol, I don't notice much in the way of a stimulant effect (though that could well be because I have "immunised" myself by having far too much coffee!) According to a medic friend of mine, because of the way that decongestants work, they can all side effects like having too much coffee - e.g. palpitations, anxiety, a racing pulse, insomnia etc. They suggested that I try menthol as being least likely to cause it because it acts locally not systemically (i.e. it only affects the local area whereas a tablet would affect all your body).

          I often find that it can feel a little bit uncomfortable after inhaling - it gives a burning, aching sensation like breathing in on a very cold day.

          The other main problem from having decongestants is that they cause rebound congestion, meaning that after they wear off, then your congestion comes back much worse than before. So I make sure that I only have them when I really need them - usually in the run up to a plane trip or in the first few days of having a cold.

          ==Storage instructions==
          It recommends storing it below 25 degrees C.

          ==Summary==
          I think menthol sticks are great for their targeted purpose, but they have a few downsides that mean I usually cope with congestion rather than bothering. I recommend these very strongly for travel purposes, but I don't think that they're the kind of thing I want to take all winter or all hayfever season. The Vicks inhaler is as good as any other that I have tried on the market.

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            Vicks is my miracle worker

            I'm sure you've all heard of Vicks. It seems to be the product most of our mothers used with us as children and the product we've stuck with ever since. I think that alone is testament to it's effectiveness. 

            This particular Vicks product is the inhaler. It measures just under 7cm in length so is small and compact enough to fit into either a pocket or bag and be carried wherever you go. 

            Vicks claim that the active ingredients (menthol, camphor and pine needle oil) work to relieve nasal congestion caused by allergies and upper respiratory tract disorders such as colds.

            The directions say to insert the inhaler well into one nostril, close the other and breathe in deeply. Although it doesn't say as much it is common sense to do the same with the other nostril else you're only clearing one!

            I have found that to get the best results you really do need to insert by maybe a couple of centimetres and breathe deeply. As you do you can feel something inside move up the tube. Looking into the inhaler it appears to be a small foam tab, I assume it is this that has been soaked in the oils mentioned above of which menthol is definitely the predominant smell. Those of you who have used other Vicks products will recognise the smell as it's the same. 

            So long as you are not too blocked up, the inhaler works immediately and you can almost feel your nasal passages opening. If you are quite badly congested then you may need to repeat the process 2-3 times in order to get relief. How long it lasts for again depends on how congested you are but 30-60 minutes is a good guideline. 

            As far as suitability goes, this can be used as often as needed by adults and children over 6. However it is not recommended for children under this age. Also, as with any products like this if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult your doctor before using this.

            This is widely available and costs between £1.50 and £2. I'm unsure as to how long the shelf life is as mine has rubbed off but I bought it almost 3years ago and it still works perfectly well. I highly recommend this and am happy to give it the full 5 out of 5.

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            23.03.2011 10:20
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            A great way to clear a stuffy nose

            Just recently I have found that my nose has been a bit snuffly. It isn't bad enough to think that I may have a cold but just irritating enough to need to do something about it. I had been using my Sinex spray when my nose felt blocked but then I happened to be looking in the first aid kit for something else and noticed the Vicks Inhaler in there.

            It had been there for ages - in fact the date on the bottom was 2000 - so I didn't expect it to work but it did - so it obviously lasts well!

            So what is it?

            Well it is about the size and shape of a stick type lip balm. The cover is green with the Vicks logo and miner has the words 'Inhaler clears a stuffy nose fast' written along it.

            The screw is at the base of the inhaler and the whole cover screws off. This reveals a plain white tube with one hole at the end and a row of small holes near the base where the screw is. This is so that, when you breathe in air through the top hole it comes into the inhaler through the small holes at the base passing over the active ingredients on its way to your nostril!

            To use the inhaler you just have to insert it well into one nostril, whilst holding the other one closed, and breathe in deeply.

            The air coming through the inhaler helps to clear a stuffy nose.

            The active ingredients inside the inhaler are camphor, menthol and Siberian pine needle so it is easy to see why the air that you inhale through this bit of kit is so helpful in clearing the stuffiness.

            When I inhale the air through this inhaler it feels really fresh and clean and my whole head feels clearer and more awake almost instantly.

            The inhaler can be used as often as it is needed and I find mine is ideal for that slight stuffiness that I keep getting. When I have a cold and my nose is badly blocked I still find that I need the Sinex spray to actually clear the blockage but then the inhaler is great to keep it clear for longer.

            The inhaler is currently available in Boots at a cost of £3.16 and is suitable for adults and children over six years old.

            It comes attached to a card with complete instructions for use and storage. Incidentally one of the instructions is that, for reasons of hygiene, it is suggested that the inhaler should be used for no more than twenty eight days after opening! Oops! As I said at the start of the review mine is years old and still works - maybe I should think about replacing it!

            Well, there isn't really any more to be said about such a simple piece of kit apart from the fact that I would definitely recommend it when you're feeling a bit blocked up and stuffy. It really does help!

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              15.03.2011 18:31
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              An excellent product, cheap, simple and very effective.

              I've suffered for much of my life with sinus problems due to having a deviated septum. I could have surgery for this, but I am a wuss and I hate the idea of being in hospital! As a result of my condition a simple cold often quickly leads to a sinus infection that makes breathing through my nose impossible.

              Vicks inhalers have been a massive help to me down the years, it is amazing that something so small, cheap and simple can make such a huge difference to my quality of life over the winter months.

              Shaped like a round-tipped bullet, the inhaler is used by inserting it (gently!) into the nose and inhaling deeply. The inhaler has a plesant smell, fresh, herbal and cooling. I find it works better if you try to exhale afterwards though your nose as well. Within minutes the vapor seems to soften and loosen any blockage in the sinuses, enabling you to clear them with a "good blow". The only downside to this product is that it is not something I feel comfortable using in public. I tend to dissapear around a corner, or into a bathroom, when I need to use the inhaler.

              I've seen quite a range of prices charged for this product, depending on whether you are buying it from a supermarket, pharmacy, or even a petrol station. Major supermarkets seem to be the cheapest places to buy them. Personally they work so well for me, and are so convenient to use, that I really don't care too much about the price.

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              03.01.2011 17:49
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              Sometimes we all need a bit of relief

              This year above all others, I have made greater use of inhalers than in the last 3 years put together. I normally only get one proper cold per year but like many others recently, I've been suffering a bit more in the sniffles department.

              I recently finished my Olbas inhaler and replaced it with a Vicks Inhaler, the first of these I have had for a while.

              Vicks is an established brand with good representation in the medicines market. The product can be bought singly or typically in packs of two or three and is easy to carry around with you and use as necessary.

              It should not be given to children under 6, nor should it be stored at temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius.

              Rather unusually for a product of this nature, to get at the product leaflet, you have to peel back the paper stick-on, which goes round the plain white applicator sheath.

              As with all such products it is designed to be inhaled to improve your breathing and help to clear your nasal passages and I was unsurprised to note that Yes, I do get some relief and easier breathing through using this product.

              The inhaler itself is kept within a screw fit sheath which looks not unlike another item routinely carried in the handbag (not in mine, I hasten to add!). It's probably best not to confuse the two in use, I would have thought. You unscrew and remove the protective sheath, shove the applicator well up one nostril, block off the other nostril and then breathe sharply in through your remaining unblocked nostril - unblocked that is apart from the inhaler applicator shoved half way up. You do get some immediate relief which lasts a decent while. You can use it as often as needed and one inhaler lasts a very long time for me.

              It has a slightly different menthol smell to the Olbas inhaler that I most frequently buy and doesn't seem quite as strong. That said, it gets the job done.

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            • Product Details

              Fast Relief from Nasal Congestion. For the temporary relief of nasal congestion due to the common cold, hay fever, upper respiratory allergies or sinusitis.