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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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The nail on my big toe on the right foot was about 1/4" thick, dark and ugly. It stuck up so high it prevented me from wearing closed toe shoes. The doctor wanted to give me oral medication but when I found out how it could damage the liver, I told her I'd rather have an ugly toenail than an ugly liver. I had read about Vicks and thought I'd give it a try. I first soaked the toe in very warm water to soften it and then cut it as short as possible and filed the top layer off. I applied the Vicks, rubbing it in well and put on a white sock before going to bed. The next morning I reapplied the Vicks and wrapped a bandage around it before going to work. Within two days, the nail had turned dark but in about three weeks, I noticed new growth at the bed and it was WHITE!!! I continued the Vicks and trimming the nail every two weeks. In about 6 months I had a beautiful toenail and got my very first pedicure. That was 6 years ago and I still have a beautiful nail.
 
Been using Vicks for less than a week Comments By: Lager on 2010-12-09
I've been using Thymol, Tea Tree, and Vicks for less than a week and wanted to share my experience so far. I've had nail fungus since I was about 16. I took Lamisil at around age 22 when all 10 toenails were affected and it cleared up in a few months. A few years later it came back and I'm now 34 and not willing to take Lamisil again. The Tea Tree, Thymol, and Vicks have soften my toenails considerably. My big toe on my left foot is infected from the tip of the nail 1/2 way to the cuticle. I've clipped it back that far, cleaned it as thoroughly as I could and have been applying a drop of Tea Tree, a drop of Thymol and coating the Vicks on thickly. The other four nails on the same foot are completely torn off so I am starting from scratch with them. Hopefully they will grow in normally this time. Only time will tell. As others have said persistence is the key with this type of a treatment. I've tried all of the other over-the-counter remedies over the years from nail fungus drops, to Clorox bleach pen, to salt water and vinegar, to Hibiclens, to iodine, to even Tylex and kerosene. If I have to apply this for 6 months twice a day or more I am determined to beat it this time. I will be posting pictures of my progress online as time goes by if anyone is interested. I will follow up with a link once I get some pictures taken and uploaded.
 
surprising remedy that appears to be working Comments By: geoff on 2010-12-16
I have suffered the problem for an extended period 2 years and nothing seemed to work asked the doc and was advised about pills for 3months etc .

Read your tips and tried good old Vicks and hey presto it rally seems to b working in quite a short time...great .

I would say if you have the problem give it a go youve nothing to loose!!!


 
Just started trying this on toenails, fingernails, feet Comments By: Robbin on 2010-12-20
As an added precaution--When applying to my feet, I use a clean finger each time I need to dip into the Vicks. Then wash my hands and dry before doing fingernails. Also, I read somewhere that as the nails grow out you should be clipping them. Also, as an added precaution each time I use the clippers I put them in a solution of disinfectant or sanitizer.
 
This works. Almost like magic. Comments By: Anon on 2010-12-21
I've been fighting a nail infection which I was lucky to catch fairly early on, caused by wearing stockings and heels day in/day as part of my professional dress. I've been doing some home care in the hopes of avoiding prescriptions that might harm me in a more significant way in the future, and while I understand that I will very likely have to take some prescription meds to eradicate the problem completely, I am having some very good luck with home remedies. For me, the magic combination has been distilled white vinegar and Vicks Baby Rub. I apply both with a Q-tip, painting them on like I would fingernail polish. I start with the vinegar, which I do not dilute further than the 5% concentration straight from the bottle. I paint the vinegar on the nails for several minutes, taking great care and making sure to get the vinegar up under the edge of my nails. I allow the vinegar to air dry, then I move on to the Baby Rub. I apply the baby rub in the same manner--with a Q-tip--painting on a thin coat, and taking care to get the baby rub up under the edge of the nails.

I'm not saying this has worked like a magic potion, but it's something akin to that! After only two days, I can see a marked difference in my nails. The nail of my left big toe looks almost normal. On both feet, the thickening has been considerably reduced and the color of my nails is improving (I was fortunate to have caught this infection before any blackening of the nail, etc.) I can only imagine the improvements that will come with continued, regular care.

I can understand people's skepticism of this attempt at treatment, but the vinegar and the Vicks Baby Rub really have helped me. If you're on the fence, I recommend giving the combination a try. What have you got to lose?

 
Yahoo! 1 is for awesome! Comments By: janet on 2010-12-27
I had toenail fungus for years and tried everything from perscription drugs(that can harm your liver) to over the counter ointments. Non of them worked!!! My cosmotologist told me about vicks vapor rub and to be patiant. WOW! In 6 months it really worked! I am a true believer in vicks. Even though my nails are a beautiful white now I still use the vicks every other day to keep them white.
 
Yahoo! 1 is for awesome! Comments By: janet on 2010-12-27
I had toenail fungus for years and tried everything from perscription drugs(that can harm your liver) to over the counter ointments. Non of them worked!!! My cosmotologist told me about vicks vapor rub and to be patiant. WOW! In 6 months it really worked! I am a true believer in vicks. Even though my nails are a beautiful white now I still use the vicks every other day to keep them white.
 
Thanks Everyone! Comments By: Linda on 2010-12-26
Came here 4 wks ago. Tried vapo rub. It's working.
 
Worked for me as well Comments By: jackie on 2010-12-29
Yes, it does work to my surprise. No need for taking dangerous meds anymore.
 
It's Working Comments By: kris faux on 2010-12-30
Try it! I've been putting up with the fungus, for three years, I've been using the vapor rub 3 day and it's alredy improved so much I can't believe it! I'm so excited not trip to the doctors, and no script to fill!
 
nail fungus both on her fingers Comments By: DonnaNavarro on 2010-12-30
My 4 year-old daughter has nail fungus both on her fingers and on her toes. I think she got it from her father who has a history of this fungal infection. I was in panic until I got on this website recommending Vicks and distilled white vinegar. I will try both after I get off from work. Hope it will work for her..
 
OVERNIGHT PART1 .. Comments By: ATOMIC on 2011-01-05
SO I READ ALMOST EVERY POST YESTERDAY DECIDED TO TRY IT LAST NIGHT .... WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND MY TOE NAIL WAS BLACK SO IM GUESSING ITS WORKING I APPLIED IT AGAIN THIS MORNING BEFORE WORK SO LETS SEE IF I KEEP THE CYCLE GOING AND I SEE SOME RESULTS THANKS EVERY ONE FOR THE POST/STORY'S..
 
Vicks vapor rub Comments By: Bonnie wants pretty Toe Nails on 2011-01-05
Been dealing with Nail Fungus. Took the pills with no results. Had to trim my toe nails tonight. A friend told me about Vicks vapor Rub a year ago. Well I made the decision tonight to start it. After reading all the comments. I feel I don't have any thing to lose. I must say I trimmed my toe nails and applied Vicks and put a pair of white socks on. My toe nails started to feel hmmmmmm how can I put this. Like a war zone going on. Maybe its working. I will post on this site as the time goes on. Sure hope this works for me. Going to start to use something in my shoes. Make sense that you reinfect them wearing them daily. Wish me luck.
 
Unbelievable Comments By: Hinky on 2011-01-12
I got an email with tips about Vicks vapor rub. Whatit was good for...outside of a rub for your chest when you had a cold. I remembered something about toenail fungus,so when I got one I came to research it ... Found this site and read all the posts..Thought well OK lets try it...I did about 6 days ago.. Tonight I took my slipper off and looked down..I couldn't believe my eyes! My toenail had lost that black color.. it was almost normal color again..I was estatic. Called my daughter-in-law to see it (she was waiting to see if it helped me) she said Oh my Gosh!!! Then came in my room and rubbed it on her toenail..So we will see if it helps her too.. Hey it's for real...it has taken mine away..Be diligent and rub it on at least 2 times a day. I also filed the top of the nail a little before rubbing it on too. Just to rough it up some so it could soak in. Good Luck!
 
VICS Comments By: BJ on 2011-01-20
IT WORKS. I'VE HAD THIS PROBLEM FOR A LONG TIME. I'VE BEEN USING VICS FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS (EVERY DAY AFTER A SHOWER, AND ON WITH THE SOCK.
 
So far, so good Comments By: Anon on 2011-01-20
I've had a relatively mild nail fungus for about 2 years. It only seemed to affect 2 toes. I tried OTC treatments with no luck. Read about Vicks and, like so many other posters, felt I had nothing to lose. I applied Vicks for the first time last week and I'm already noticing a difference. Color looks better and no flakiness. If I've had this response in just a week, I think I'll stick with it.
 
working slowly Comments By: Jim on 2011-01-25
I've been using Vicks for about 6 months. I try to use it everyday but sometimes it's every other. I had thick yellow nails that had some minor cracking for years. The vicks has definety improved the way my nails look and the cracking and thickness have definetly improved. I never had my nails turn dark or black from using the Vicks but one thing I have to keep telling myself is that my nails have to completly which takes months. I slather the vicks on and rub it all over the nail and cuticle and put socks on. It does work if you make it part of your daily routine. I've tried all the nail laquers and they don't work. The vicks seems to melt into the nail, all the nail laquers sit on top which is why they don't work. I also think because the vicks melts into the nail, the nail itself becomes antifungal which is major when your trying to kill something so invasive. The vicks is also absorbed by the surrounding skin which can also spread the fungus. This has been the only thing that has worked for me and for less the 6 bucks you can't beat the price. I'm just finishing my first jar. Be patient and you'll see results.
 



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