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Vicks Vapor Rub for toenail fungus

Submitted by Lorna

Massage Vicks Vapor Rub on toenail and in a matter of days the toe nail will start turning dark in color.The dark color means the vicks is killing the fungus. As the toenail grows out you will cut the tonails and soon your tonails will not only look healthy but will be fungus free. My mother-in law told me about this and she was told to do this by her doctor.This works!

The following was sent in by Lyla

It works but takes all of 6 months - I suggest you keep a jar at the toilet. Ever time you sit down on your toilet, remove the sock from the foot that has the bad toenail, and apply Vick's to the cuticle of the toe. I did this for at least 6 months and it cured my nail.

My toe grew a new, healthy nail up under the old one w/o me realizing it. Months after I used Vick's I noticed all healthy growth at and above the cuticle line but I didn't realize the toenail was growing under the old one and pushing it out of place until it fell off one day, revealing a short but beautiful nail. I'm a believer in using Vick's for toenail fungus cure.

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Reporting a success with Vicks Comments By: Clint on 2009-03-19
Vicks worked for me on a well entrenched fungus under a big toenail. My method was to put a goodly smear of Vicks on the fungus and wrap a band-aid around it. Next night after showering, I'd take off the old dressing and apply a new one. After a few weeks, the fungus was gone. Months later, the/a fungus came back. I repeated the treatment successfully and, so far, permanently.
Day 1 Comments By: Minty Smelling Toes on 2009-03-20
My doctor's office closes at 2pm on Fridays - go figure, it's the day I diagnose myself with some early stages toenail fungus. Thanks doc. My 2 big toes have it a little bit. I slathered them with generic Vicks (just so happened to have it in the cabinet!) and put it on all my other toes just in case. With Spring and sandle weather right around the corner, I'm seriously hoping this works, it's so embarrassing.

2 questions for you guys: a) I share the home with my bf and son - what do I need to do to keep them from getting it? b) does it start to grow dark because it's making the nail fall off or it's a chemical reaction with the fungus?

Can't spell fungus without "fun" right? haha trying to not be upset... :) Thanks for your help!!!

Worked for me! Comments By: Maggie on 2009-03-20
I had toe nail fungus on the two great toes for years. At one time, I took oral Lamisil (very expensive!) and it did cure the fungus, but after a few years it returned. I decided I would just have to live with it, filing the nails as smooth as possible and using polish to hide the appearance. Then I went to the podiatrist for pain in one toe (not caused by the fungus) and he told me about Vicks. He gave me a copy of an article that he had seen and told me that many of his patients were reporting good results. So I tried it! He said to use it twice a day, religiously. It has been about six months now and at least half of the nail has now grown in normally. It did turn the infected area dark (at the time it didn't matter; it was winter and I was wearing closed shoes all the time, anyway.) Now that summer is coming, I'm happy to say that I'll be wearing sandals with no embarassment. Perhaps it doesn't work for everyone or on every type of fungus, but it is certainly worth the effort to try. It isn't fast-acting, but then neither was Lamisil. If it ever looks like the fungus is returning, I'll just go back to using Vicks. What have you got to lose??!!
Both Big Toes Comments By: George on 2009-03-22
I have been the application, twice a day, for 2 weeks. One toe had 2 layers of nail & top layer was removed after a week.At first, nails turned black but one is almost normal. The 2 layered toe looks much better. Vapor Rub works so far.
Vapor Rub Really works...unless you got massive fungus, then you gotta cut your toe off like the oth Comments By: Vanessa on 2009-03-23
I used wal mart brand vapor rub and I saw results the next day. After a couple of weeks the fungus was all gone. I couldn't beleive it. I was so happy that it only cost less than 3 bucks to cure. I only had very little fungus...or so I thought. I though it was minor compared to some of the gross pictures on google, but there was actually more than I thought. On the corner edge of my toe it appeared yellow. After using the vapor rub my nail got super white. I still have to wait for it to grow out for it to be normal again, but I had more fungus than I thought because the part of my toe nail that became white was larger the the yellow part I thought was infected. Glad I got to it before my toes fell off. lol
Hopeful Comments By: hopeful2 on 2009-03-23
I hope this remedy works. I am hopeful I have had this problem for some time first in between my toes and now really bad on my toenails and I have had since I was about 12yrs old and I have tried various different types of remedies and everything was just a temporary vacation from the fungus so I am going to try this tonight and start a regiment I hope it works well for me and everyone else who is giving this a twirl. I will definitely report any results as soon as I see them.
Tipps Comments By: London on 2009-03-26
As mentioned before, it can vary whether Vapor Rub is helpful or not and to what degree. I applied it first during the night, rubbing one toe with vapor rub and then put socks on. A small part of the nail (the infected part) turned brown immediately and I continued to apply vapor rub. However, I could see no more improvement for the next 4-5 days and I tried a slightly different method: I took some kind of cotton pad and fixed it around my toe over night with some vapor rub on it. It seems that helped a lot better as the infected area has become nearly black.

I would say I have a light infected, but the problem also seems to be that the infected area is where the nail grows out. So this makes things a bit more difficult but I will continue with vapor rub.

I have rated it 3 as there has been some improvement but I have not yet applied it for long enough to say that it is really helpful. This will take a few more months at least.

don't expect instant results... Comments By: fungus... on 2009-04-02
If you are wanting to treat a fungus, you need to give it a LONG time... the fungus lives UNDER the nail, so it can take a long time because the nail has to grow all the way out, just be diligent to apply the Vicks every day or twice a day and file the surface of the nails down so they r as thin as possible, and keep them short so you can get rid of any fungus as it grows out... this takes a long time, ppl who say their fungus was cured after a week are ridiculous, and blatently lying... if it's a nail fungus it will take how ever long until the fungusy part of the nail grows out... just keep doing it.
works...so far Comments By: foot man on 2009-04-04
^^they might not be lieing. certain types of fungus can be cured within a few weeks. This is mostly limited to fungus types that grow on the surface of the nail. Other times, it will just appear that they are cured when they really aren't. In those cases the fungus will return because they did not continue treatment until the nail completely replaced itself (to be safe, that's about 1.5 times as long as it takes the nail to fully grow while applying daily treatments) Make sure to slather it on good. I wore two socks per foot to keep the vicks from soaking through my socks and just sticking to the inside of my shoes. Also, old socks are bad news. If they've gotten thin with age, they will not absorb any moisture your foot naturally accumulates. Thick, or newer socks will fix that, thus leaving your foot dryer as the sock will absorb more of the moisture. Leaving the moisture on your foot encourages fungal growth.
Happy Toes April 7, 2009 Comments By: Anthony on 2009-04-06
I forgot to mention last time that my toenails have been filed down flat to allow the Vicks to work faster. I think that has sped up the process.
Happy Toes Comments By: Anthony on 2009-04-05
On the advise of an inlaw, I was using Organic Cornmeal since December 2008. It made my feet feel good but didn't help. In March 2009 I started using a generic brand of Vicks every day and now see a big improvement. I believe it's working for me.
Trying Vick's tonight Comments By: Rita on 2009-04-06
I've had fungus for 20 years, caught it from my diabetic dad. I did oral Lamisil but it came back. I'm taking pictures of my nails today and starting Vick's tonight. I want to be able to prove if it works with photographs. 4/6/2009
STILL GOING!!! Comments By: R. Hernandez on 2009-04-06
It's been more than a week since I've written.
But I'm happy to say, my toenails are still responding to the vick's treatment. However I must admit, from reading other testimonials from this site, I had to try other remedies. Such as Listerine as well as the horribly smelling tea tree oil. I figure it's best to not stick to just one kind of treatment. I am determined to get rid of this fungus once and for all!!!

My toenails are healing. And the right toenail that broke off as I stated earlier, continues to grow.

My only regret is not taking before and after pictures to share.

In conclusion, I alternate treatments. Vicks vapor rub. Listerine, and the horribly smelling tea tree oil. It's worth it!!!!!

Don't cut it off! Comments By: Cheryl on 2009-04-07
I went to the DR today for nail fungus and she told me to use the Vick's vapo rub everynight, eventually the nail will disinigrate and fall off. I asked why not just cut it off and she told me that you risk the nail not adhering to the nail bed when it grows back.
Don't miss a day Comments By: UGLY-TOE on 2009-04-09
This really works. I've had fungus on my toe for over 10 years. I was afraid to take the pills that could cause liver damage. Finally about a week ago I started using the Vicks. My toe is already thin and looks completely different. TIP: You have to use it every day - if you miss even one day, the fungus regenerates and you have to start all over. I read this in an article in the newspaper from a doctor on home remedies.
vic's works great Comments By: Holly on 2009-04-19
vic's works great, but be advised... my doc told me i will always have to apply vics... not just till iot looks better.... this is a life long regimine.
Impressed with so many positive hits about Vicks Comments By: HNH on 2009-04-20

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