Here’s the Correct Way to Use Your Vicks Inhaler

Calling all Ah Bengs, Ah Lians, Ah Beng wannabes and Ah Lian wannabes: do you do this often?


Or maybe you’re a regular Vicks inhaler user, and have often just sniffed the inhaler softly, as if you’re smelling something?

If so, here’s the fact: you guys have been using it wrongly.

If you’ve bothered to read the instructions, the popular Vicks inhaler isn’t for you to just “smell”, or for you to poke into your nose like a chao Ah Beng. In order for it to work (I’m just presuming that you’re using it because you’ve got a blocked nose), you need to follow these steps.

  1. Insert the inhaler into one of your nostrils (your nose hole lah)
  2. Use a finger to close your other nostril
  3. Inhale deeply (very deeply)
  4. Do the same for the other nostril
Image: Flickr (ninolobo1978)
Image: Flickr (ninolobo1978)

When you inhale deeply, you’ll sometimes experience a brain freeze, but don’t worry, it’ll be just for less than a second.

After that, you’ll feel a strong, chill sensation in your nose (that might go down your throat) and it will be unblocked.

So next time, don’t just hold on to a Vicks inhaler for hours, because you only need to use it for ten seconds!

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This article was first published on in 2016 and revised on 24 June 2017.

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