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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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You definetly need to replace all your shoes and all your socks....and while under this treatment, keep replacing socks and shoes in stages, until it is all cleared. This will help make sure the fungus goes away. Fungus is one of those things that can hang on and come back. You have to be diligent about cleanliness if you want to get better.
meanwhile... Comments By: The piggy that went to market on 2011-04-18
Checking back in and this will probably gross a lot of you out but here goes...
Last night I was filing on the infected nail and getting ready to do the Vicks. I hadn't even realized how much the nail had softened, but it simply came off- the fungal part that had turned dark. It didn't hurt. And (gross) the fungal gunk underneath also came off. It was all spongy and soft- yeecchh! I have a little corner of exposed nailbed at the top of my toe, and that doesn't hurt either.
The thing that freaked me out was wondering if the Vicks was merely softening my toenails and maybe they were going to come off altogether bc of it. I haven't over-filed. Just enough to thin the nail thickness to normal and allow the vicks to penetrate.
But the healthy nail remaining seems as hard as a rock. So good news everybody! In my case this appears to be working like a charm and I don't have to resort to putting my liver and my bank acct. at risk with the oral meds. Yay!

I'll try again Comments By: Emmanuel on 2011-04-19
I've trying to get rid of my fungus on my right toenail. I soacked my toe all night long in vinegar during two months. Then I tried to alternate with Vicks Vapor Rub. At first you think it works because the nail becomes lighter, but even by continuing the treatment, this bloody fungus comes back. More recently, I removed the nail with a special treatment "Onychoset". This takes three weeks to remove the nail completely and then I applied some polish "Loceryl" during the growth of the nail. The nail started to grow nice and clean but after two month, the fungus was back (still doing the treatment.
Because there are so many testimonial on this forum, I will try again Vicks Vapor Rub twice a day during but I'm very sceptical. I'll keep you posted.

Don't bother Comments By: Anon on 2011-05-11
I've tried this for 6 months due to breastfeeding which means I can't try most things including tea tree oil. It has not made any improvement but I continued using it as I can't use anything else at the minute. I don't know if it has stopped the infection from spreading but it has certainly not cured it. 6 months is a long time of faffing on with no visible result. Unless you're desperate I wouldn't waste my time!
filing the excess toe nail Comments By: Olle on 2011-05-11
I have had the fungus for more than 30 years. It has gone from my big toe where it started and spread to all. I haven't tried Vicks yet but have kept the nails thin by using my Drimmel Tool to sand off the excess. Now I will try Vicks after I file off the excess and see if it penatrates to the nail bed.
Might as well Comments By: mike on 2011-05-01
I've had these weird toenails for a few years and nothing has worked. It is embarrasing to go anywhere without socks. Having these SUCKS ASS! I started using the vapour rub today and I'm hoping for the best...
Response to Sccoby post on 3-14-2011 Comments By: "C" on 2011-05-05
Try using Vicks VapoRub "ointment" instead instead of the cream. Before bed, completely cover toenail and surrounding cuticle area with ointment. Then, place breathable band-aids over the toenail and cuticle to keep ointment in place. Perhaps this will provide better and faster results.
Vicks Vapor rub works! Comments By: Anon on 2011-05-20
Dear All, I had a fungal toe nail for 3 years (since my final year at university).

The nail lacquer did not help except to stop it getting much worse which I realised when I got frustrated & stopped using it! The nail then started to go black & most of it had fallen off.

Therefore, I thought I have nothing to lose and read about Vicks on these forums. I first used it in Sept 2010 & by May 2011 the nail looks healthy and has completely grown back. I rubbed Vicks into the toe nail every morning after my shower & this seems to have been enough. I will continue the treatment for another few months to try & ensure it is completely gone.

Good luck & hope this helps other people!

A Concern Comments By: Carol on 2011-05-28
I have an old jar of Vicks Vapo Rub and it lists thymol as an inactive ingredient. New bottles do not list thymol! Anyone know if they have changed the formula? Anyone buying straight thymol and having it work..if so..how and where? (I am just starting the Vicks application for 'athlete's foot of the toenail').
Vicks Works For Me! Comments By: Anon on 2011-05-31
I don't do a lot of posting on these things but I am compelled to do so here. Vicks Vapor Rub (or the generic brand that I have been using) is working beautifully.

Both big toes especially the left one had gotten really bad. It looked plain nasty and ugly and I was so embarrassed to show my feet. It had been getting progressively worse for over 6 months and off and on for years. I've been really frustrated because I've tried over the counter topical anti-fungals and nothing was working. And I'm not looking for liver damage so I never considered Lamisil.

Nearly 3 months ago, I started using tea tree oil with some success but I wasn't sure since progress was so slow. It could have been that I was giving my toes more attention and it was stopping it from getting worse, but still not making it much better. Toes still look very thick, discolored and raised/detaching. My feet in general remained fairly dry and cracked. I was still very unhappy.

I then switched it up and started with the Vicks treatment of applying a glob to each toe after a shower. Periodically, I would file the top of the nail to thin it and increase penetration. I also would make sure I got it in under the nail and clipped away as much "bad" nail as I could without it hurting or bleeding.

The result has been astounding. In maybe 2 months, I have significant new, healthy nail growth. Yes, the nail turned dark at first and stayed that way for weeks but I could also see clear nail growing at the base and working its way out. I currently have a well attached, mostly clear nail on both big toes and my other toes are just pretty and healthy as they can be. I'm sticking with my routine until my jar runs out and evaluate then but doubt I'll discontinue my usage anytime soon. I'm an athlete and this treatment has been a godsend because I also don't get the itching from athletes foot anymore.

Hope this helps anyone who is suffering from toe fungus. It sucks and I am so much happier now. Broke out the new feet at the pool yesterday! Yeah baby!

2nd application Comments By: Dana on 2011-06-08
My mother just told me about the vicks rub so I deciede to try it. After having it my toes for a few hour for the second time I did notice that my nails look darker and really dirty. I was able to scrape alot of crusty stuff from around my nails.. Dont really know if it will cure it, but it seems to be doing something.
I love vicks!!!!! Comments By: Tatertot4me on 2011-06-14
I tried this method and it worked great! I'm so self conscience that I never wear sandals well this summer sandals here I come!!
Vicks and toe infection & fungus Comments By: Pat Liberato on 2011-06-15
Has anybody ever had a red infected toe with the fungus.? My Dr. has prescribed Lamsil, but because of the side effects I am hesitant about taking it.
Giving it a go Comments By: Anon on 2011-06-17
I'm 33 years old and have had darker than normal toenails since I was a kid. Possibly from spending my summers in SC constantly running around barefoot with my cousins. Played high-school and college basketball plus tons of tournaments which I don't assume helped. My big toe on my left foot is brown and thick (the worst). The rest are thicker than they should be and partially brown (except 4 big toe on right foot). Basically my toenails are ugly which sucks cause the overall structure of my feet are great plus I work hard 2 stay in shape and it sucks going 2 the beach with water shoes on (moved from NY 2 FL a few months ago). My girlfriend found this site and I decided 2 try a combination of tea tree oil and Vicks twice a day. Only started about 5 days ago but my middle toe on my left foot has lightened slightly. I know it's gonna take some time so I'm gonna practice patience. My girl's tired of me scratching her ankles lol
Almost Done!!!! Comments By: the piggy that went to market on 2011-06-30
If you have been following my progress, you may have seen my last post about the yecchy nail that came loose when the Vicks finally softened it. Once that grew out a little bit, I even started putting on nail polish and continued to make sure to penetrate the Vicks every night on the cuticle and under the nail edge.
Well amazing news. The fungus is almost completely gone. I started doing this in February and now it is almost July. At the start I had fungus with a huge raised ridge and the nailbeds starting to lift on the outside corner of both big toes. Its practically gone! I realize that there are different types of nail fungus and this may not work for everyone- but here is my advice if you want it:
1. Remove nail polish for the time being...
2. Periodically file the top of the nail to thin it and let the vicks penetrate. Once a week is enough.
3. Every night glob the vicks on to your affected toes and put on clean socks.
4. Wear sandals whenever you can get away with it. Yes your toes are ugly. Get over it. They need to breathe if you can manage it.
5. If the toenail turns dark brown that is a very good thing. You killed the fungus! Vicks will work for you.
6. At some point, the fungal part of the nail will be really soft and possibly 'flake' or 'crumb' off when you do your weekly filing. Don't freak out (like I did) even if it exposes some nailbed. Keep putting on the Vicks
7. Don't be impatient. Put it on everynight for 6 months and then forget about it until tomorrow night. Toenails grow slowly.
8. Once you have enough healthy nail growing, nail polish is ok- but keep doing the vicks at night!
9. Finally once you have clear healthy nails keep putting on the vicks at night anyway. Think of it as preventative hygiene. It only takes a minute to do...
Good luck! I'm wearing sandals now and my nails were lifting and looked awful last February. I am probably less than one month from having it completely gone. Remember- if it turns your nail dark in an area after one or two treatments then it will kill the type of fungus you have.

Watching result one month after starting Comments By: Estelle on 2011-07-01
My left big toenai, injured years ago, grew out deformed, and lately came off after hooking on something. The right big toenail developed fungus after having nailpolish on for too long, and escaped detection until it was too late. The podiatrist clipped it and filed the tops of both nails. The left nail is very slowly growing a new good toenail, but the right one is not, after more than a month of Vick's, recently prescribed by a new doctor. He told me to use it every night for three months, but there's no guarantee. I think there's an improvement though, and will persevere. He wasn't explicit about infection spreading to all nails etc.
I have never used the socks, or gotten rid of shoes etc, but am wondering about it now, I will freeze my shoes for 48 hours before tossing them.
A tip for filing the tops of nails: use pieces of fine sandpaper. It works like a charm.
I just read my Vick's label. It does not contain Thymol. I'm wondering whether they have indeed removed it, and in doing so, reduced efficacy. Anyone have the answer?
Your site is wonderful, and extremely informative, thanks to all the posters.

Fungus for 3 Years!!!! Comments By: Eric on 2011-07-13
I have been struggling for the past 3 years with a very stubborn fungus on my toenails. I have had prescriptions from my doctor and nothing has worked. I began using Vicks Vapor Rub about 5 days ago and it is working amazingly!!!!!

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