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Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:18 AM

Remember vicks vapor rub and mercurochrome that was the go to in youth

Our sixteen year old smells of Vick vapor rub , fever sore throat playing it by ear heís vaccinated. Other day fishing the eleven year old cut his finger with a hook. In the boat I said just put some mercurochrome on it youíll be fine kiddo.

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Reply Remember vicks vapor rub and mercurochrome that was the go to in youth (Original post)
Duncanpup Sep 2021 OP
brewens Sep 2021 #1
Duncanpup Sep 2021 #2
brewens Sep 2021 #13
Duncanpup Sep 2021 #14
Niagara Sep 2021 #3
Duncanpup Sep 2021 #7
FakeNoose Sep 2021 #4
Diamond_Dog Sep 2021 #5
Duncanpup Sep 2021 #8
FakeNoose Sep 2021 #9
Diamond_Dog Sep 2021 #11
SamKnause Sep 2021 #15
FakeNoose Sep 2021 #17
SamKnause Sep 2021 #19
bottomofthehill Sep 2021 #22
jmowreader Sep 2021 #29
FakeNoose Sep 2021 #30
Kali Sep 2021 #31
LeftInTX Sep 2021 #32
Dave in VA Sep 2021 #6
Hoyt Sep 2021 #10
3catwoman3 Sep 2021 #24
Hoyt Sep 2021 #25
LeftInTX Sep 2021 #33
trof Sep 2021 #37
magicarpet Sep 2021 #12
wyn borkins Sep 2021 #16
SamKnause Sep 2021 #20
wyn borkins Sep 2021 #23
LeftInTX Sep 2021 #34
Deminpenn Sep 2021 #36
3catwoman3 Sep 2021 #27
Rastapopoulos Sep 2021 #18
Kittycow Sep 2021 #21
jcgoldie Sep 2021 #26
Totally Tunsie Sep 2021 #39
Ocelot II Sep 2021 #28
3catwoman3 Sep 2021 #40
LeftInTX Sep 2021 #35
trof Sep 2021 #38
TexasBushwhacker Sep 2021 #41

Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:24 AM

1. I was certain you were gonna say this was the new COVID cure! I was looking for a laugh

this morning. The ol' mercurochrome brings back memories.

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Response to brewens (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:37 AM

2. Actually friend

I read on here yesterday I think , that there was a run on vicks doing Spanish flu the ivermectin of its day.

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Response to Duncanpup (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:53 AM

13. The Vicks would have made sense though, at least treating symptoms at first.

Did they really think it was a cure? At least it likely did no harm.

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Response to brewens (Reply #13)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:55 AM

14. I guess they felt it was a cure all

From what I read

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:38 AM

3. Don't forget the mustard plaster (just teasing)

I certainly hope your 16 year old feels better soon!

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Response to Niagara (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:42 AM

7. Thank you

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:38 AM

4. It's hard to find those things in the drug store any more

I can find Vick's if I look carefully, but I haven't seen mercurochrome for maybe 20 years. I use different brands of antiseptic salves, but the original red stingy one - haven't seen it in a long time. Used to get it when my son was growing up.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:40 AM

5. Yes I am old and I remember those things.

I have always hated Vickís vapo rub.

Hope your son feels better soon!

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:42 AM

8. Thank you mother of Sophie the polish princess Labrador

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:44 AM

9. Thanks he's fine now

He's 51 years old, married and helping to raise his own son.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:48 AM

11. Oops

I meant my reply to go to Duncanpup
But Iím glad to hear all is OK with your son, too!

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 10:12 AM

15. It is hard to find Mercurochrome in the U.S. because it contains mercury.

It did not burn.

It worked wonders on drying up scabs.

I always had red scabs (Mercurochrome) on my knees growing up.


Merthiolate is the one that burned.

They are the same color and come in the same kind of bottles with the same kind of applicator.

They are both still available but Mercurochrome is hard to find.

It is available on Amazon.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #15)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 10:24 AM

17. Thanks I didn't realize this, but good to know

My mom always called everything mercurochrome, so I didn't know there were 2 different kinds. I used to get it on my scabby knees also.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #17)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 10:30 AM

19. Me, my 2 sisters, and brother always asked because we knew which one burned.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #15)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 11:15 AM

22. Ha, the thin red line on every cut and scrape.

My mother should have bought that stuff by the gallon. It was always in use in our house in the summer.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:00 PM

29. You haven't seen it because it was banned in 1988

It doesnít kill bacteria, itís red color makes it hard to detect infection and it has mercury in it.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #29)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 06:37 PM

30. Right, someone pointed that out

It was actually Merthiolate but I didn't know the difference because my Mom called everything Mercurochrome.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 12:19 AM

31. wiki says...

On 19 October 1998, citing potential for mercury poisoning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reclassified merbromin from "generally recognized as safe" to "untested," effectively halting its distribution within the United States.[1] Sales were subsequently halted in Brazil (2001), Germany (2003),[2] and France (2006).[3][better source needed] It is readily available in most other countries.[citation needed]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merbromin

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 02:27 AM

32. Vicks is easy to find

Mercurochrome has been long gone

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:42 AM

6. Merthiolate

was my parents go to fix all.

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:47 AM

10. Mercurochrome didn't sting much, but Merthiolate did.

 

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #10)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 11:42 AM

24. It hurts like hell as I recall.

We were happy when Bactine came along.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #24)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 11:48 AM

25. Really! Bactine was a miracle cure back then. Plus, that orange stain went everywhere.

 

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #24)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 02:32 AM

33. "No sting, no stain"...Unfortunately, my parents were "no pain, no gain"

So, we were stuck with "stinging and staining"....

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #24)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 05:49 PM

37. Iodine was worse.

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 09:48 AM

12. Mecurochrome,... with the glass applicator built into the lid to apply the red healing fluid.

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 10:18 AM

16. Paregoric in an oddly-shaped brownish bottle with a glass lid/applicator (nt)

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Response to wyn borkins (Reply #16)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 10:35 AM

20. I loved taking that stuff.

It tasted like black licorice and I love black licorice.

It worked great on stopping bellyaches (stomach pains).

I don't remember it having an applicator.

It was taken by the spoonful.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #20)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 11:26 AM

23. Old Memories Tend To Fade...

Perhaps not an applicator (as such), but just the lower extended glass portion of the bottle stopper? Mom would rub a bit of the liquid on my incoming teeth...or so I recall from the days before television.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #20)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 02:43 AM

34. It's an opium product, so bye-bye

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #20)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 05:42 PM

36. Of course you did

It's opium! Was rubbed on kids gums when they were sprouting new teeth.

Still have an empty bottle in the medicine cabinet, glass with glass eyedropper.

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Response to wyn borkins (Reply #16)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 12:07 PM

27. When we sold my mom's house last year, there was a lot of "stuff" to go...

Öthru. In a cedar chest in the finished basement, I found a bottle of paregoric that must be decades old - may have belonged to my late grandmother. There was one other medication in there with her name on it. She died in 1982.

The bottle isnít brown, but the liquid inside is - very clear, with a tiny bit of sediment.

The label is pretty interesting:

ANHYDROUS MORPHINE .035 TO .045 GM IN 100 CC ALCOHOL. 43 TO 46% BY VOLUME.

WARNING - May be habit forming.

DOSE - Infants, 3 days 1 drop; 1 week, 2 drops; 1 month; 3 drops; 1 yr; 6 drops; 5 yr; 20 drops. Adults a teaspoonful.

Iíve kept it as an interesting bit of pharmaceutical history.

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 10:26 AM

18. My Boy Scout first aid kit

had little glass vials...of mercurochrome.

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 11:00 AM

21. Ah yes, I remember them well!

My parents third go-to was Campo-Phenique.
That's still on the market; stung like a big dog!

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 11:59 AM

26. The worst part about getting a chest cold as a child

Was knowing dad was going to slather your whole neck and upper body in vicks and wrap you in towels like a mummy. I would fake not having colds just to avoid it. At least he didnt make me eat that shit like he did!

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #26)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 05:54 PM

39. Oooo...same here:

A huge tablespoon of Vicks dipped in sugar to be ingested for chest congestion. HATED IT!!!

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 12:30 PM

28. Damn, I hated Vicks Vapo-Rub, which was often inflicted on me

when I got a bad cold. When I got stomach flu I was given 7-Up, and sometimes milk-toast (which I also hated). Oddly, I liked the smell of Mercurochrome. I don't think you can buy it any more, at least the original version, which had mercury in it and stained everything it touched.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #28)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 07:12 PM

40. Oh, jeez - milk toast. Truly vile.

My mother loved it, and said it made her feel better when she was a child. Sheíd make me eat it because she had liked it, even tho it made me want to puke. I could never understand why my opinion on it didnít matter.

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 02:47 AM

35. I can't stand the smell of Vicks...

I really don't get the appeal

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 05:50 PM

38. Castoria

A strangely good tasting laxative.

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Response to Duncanpup (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 08:00 PM

41. Monkey Blood!

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