Vicks Vaporub Cure for Toenail Fungus


How to Cure Toenail Fungus with Vicks Vaporub

    Can Vicks Vaporub cure toenail fungus? Lots of people swear it does

Toenail fungus won't kill you, and it's seldom painful or uncomfortable. For most people, the worst thing about toenail fungus is that it's ugly and makes them very self-conscious. In more severe cases, it can work its way under the nail and cause the toenail to separate from the nail bed.


Things You'll Need:

        Vicks Vaporub

        A lot of patience

Before bedtime, soak your feet in warm water for at least twenty minutes. You can skip this step if you don't have time to fit it into your daily routine, but it's helpful for softening your skin and toenails.

Dry your feet with a clean towel. The "clean" is important. It's very easy to re-infect your toenails. Make sure that you wash any towels and socks that come in contact with your fungus toe in hot water and bleach.

Use an emery board or diamond file lightly over the surface of the nail affected with toenail fungus. You can also gently clean under the nail with an orange stick wrapped in sterile cotton and dipped in hydrogen peroxide. This will thin the nail and make it easier for the Vicks to penetrate.

Apply Vaporub directly to the toenail, the cuticle and the underside of the nail. You can also apply it to the bottom of the toe and the soles of your feet. Vaporub contains menthol, eucalyptus and camphor, all of which inhibit the growth of fungus. There are other inert ingredients that may also have an affect on the growth of toenail fungus.

Put on a clean pair of white cotton socks. The biggest reason to do this is to keep the Vicks from staining your sheets.

Be patient. This is not a quick fix, but then, there are no quick fixes for toenail fungus. It could be months before you see results - it was nearly 8 months before my daughter's toenail was completely cleared up.



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Last modified: 04/23/11