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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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7 years of toenail fungus on both big toes deep yellow in color, and then one toe started going black...been using vicks vapor rub now twice a day for three months and Wow...can't believe it....one toe nail completely clear other nail was so bad it turned black, fell off and now is growing in clear. This is worth a try and better alternative to side effect medications. This should be put on grocery store shelves with fungus treatment.
2 applications of vicks and my toenail is black!! Comments By: Lola on 2010-01-13
So far so good. My toe nail has been rotten for about 6 years!!!
2 applications in 24 hours!!!

Heres hoping to rots OFF for good!

over 50 years of fingernail fungus Comments By: Georgia on 2010-01-16
I have tried everything, the pills even for 6mos which i had reaction to so Dr. discontinued it. I am now having great results using white vinegar soak twice a day for past 9 months. I recently heard of Vicks and am adding that to putting on at night. My nails were awful, brittle,skin cracking badly in winter & a couple looked like hoofs rather than nails. My nails now are looking wonderful. I say why not try both. I no longer hide my nails and am even using clear nail polish. Before if put on polish my nails opened up in couple days all way to the base. I had never seen anyone with a case like mine in 6 fingers out of 10 by the time I was 21.
Vicks Comments By: Lulu on 2010-01-18
I am on day two after applying Vicks to my big toenails. I really cannot believe how good they look already. I would advise putting a bad aid on so you can seal it in. I had also tried tea tree oil/lavender oil and anti fungals like Nailtek but nothing helped as much as this. Try it and stick with it.
thrifty Comments By: Anon on 2010-01-19
If you receive a daily paper in a plastic newspaper bag, cut 3" of the closed end off and use that, then a sock instead of saran wrap as a way to recycle.
Re; Vicks didn't work for me by Disheartened Comments By: Lynette on 2010-01-21
Sorry that it isn't curing it completely. Have you considered that you may be re-infecting your toes by wearing the same shoes/socks. If the fungus spores are in the shoes, surely as soon as you stop with the vicks it will re-imerge and flourish. You could try treating your shoes regularly with something like the distilled white vinegar or even vicks (don't know how that would pan out though but may make the shoes supple!). Or maybe when you are sure the nail is all new and gorgeous, start afresh by buying one or more new pairs and stick to just those, keeping up the vicks a while longer and give it the shoes a good go for a while then without the vicks and see if the fungus comes back. I wish you luck, you have been persistent with it before but maybe you had a chink in your armour with spores biding their time in the shoes.
RE. Psoriasis Comments By: Kitten on 2010-01-25
"Psoriasis Comments By: Hil
Can anyone tell me if this would work on psoriasis?
I have this under all my toenails..."

I'm no doctor but I do have psoriasis. I would assume it wouldn't hurt it unless you happen to be allergic to it or something. I would think if anything it would moisturize... which you prolly know when you have P you moisturizemoisturizemoisturize. The reason I came across this forum is because I think I may be getting nail psoriasis, but is also possible it is a fungus. I think since I have pitting it's prolly psoriasis, but just looking to see what all is out there to try... I am gonna try it either way - if it is P I assume it won't hurt, and if it is fungus, then maybe it'll clear it up. *shrug*

vicks vapor rub Comments By: Solo on 2010-01-27
I have tried pills and topicals for my
toenail fungus. I have been using vicks for 2 weeks and my nails look 80% better. The tips of my toenails have a little bit of fungus, the rest of the nail looks normal. I rub it over the whole nail in the morning and put my socks on(once day).

Need some help... Comments By: Amanda on 2010-02-02
Okay well i have a type of fungus on my big toe on my right foot and a toe on my left foot, its not that serious bc i either cut them soooo short and file the crap outta them.. but im going to give the vicks a try but i need to know do i take my nailpolish off before starting it?? and how often do i trim the nail to get rid of the fungus?
maybe it's... Comments By: anon on 2010-01-31
maybe the darkening effect is the fungus dying, or losing oxygen or a necessary ingredient to continue thriving. hope every gets positive results
Fungus is not caused by bacteria Comments By: Jan on 2010-02-05
Someone wrote that fungus is caused by bacteria in the comments and I just wanted to clear that up. Fungus is a plant-like organism that is either a yeast, mold or mushroom. It is not caused by bacteria. It is it's own entity!
ready to have my toes removed completely! Comments By: Monica on 2010-02-08
I have had a toenail fungus for many years after a traumatizing injury. My doctor has removed it twice, and put me on lamisil to no avail. I don't see the risks of these medications being worth having pretty feet. One day several weeks ago, I filed them down, and found that I could hardly walk the next day. I immediately began an Epsom salt bath regimen, and found the pain almost unbearable. I kept it up, though in the mornings I could hardly walk. Shortly after this started, my other big toe has gotten just as painful. I started the Vick's this morning, and the pain is excruciating. Is anyone else finding these treatments this painful? I will continue the treatments if it is supposed to be this way, but the pain has me wondering if I am causing more harm than good. The cute sandals are fun, but I am ready to give them up forever to have my nails permanently removed. Any thoughts?
Then what??? Comments By: Mike on 2010-02-08
So after you apply the VapoRub do you put a sock on or nothing ?
Fungus is not bacteria Comments By: Fred on 2010-02-10
Athletes foot is a fungus. As mentioned before, it can infect the toenails. Soaking the toes in distilled vinegar, or a 20% bleach solution should kill most toenail fungus infections. The Vicks is great too, because it softens and penetrates the nail down to the nail bed also. Vicks will continue to soften and penetrate for long periods of time between applications. Wrap the infected toe with gauze or tissue with tape after applying Vicks.
what???????? Comments By: yolie bouvier on 2010-02-12
the first comment here,what????;you cut your toe off why didn't you just take your toe nail off.?
Bye Bye Fungus Comments By: Sue Wonk on 2010-02-13
I've been using the Vick's for about a week and there has been a major improvement in my nails. Thank God they haven't turned dark, but they look a heck of a lot better!
It works! Comments By: natalie on 2010-02-14
my boyfriend had a kind of browny fungus on the bottom of his feet so we tried some of the vics vapo rub on it for 1 week every day and now the fungus has gone!!! I done a little research on the ingredients and it seems that its the thymol that is killing the fungus!! I never write reviews about stuff but i felt like i needed to this time because its a cheap remedy!!! go for it guys!! ciaooooooooo

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