Toenail Fungus Cure Vicks Vaporub

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are Republicans or Democrats more likely to end the national scourge of toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      You can cure toenail fungus with a simple jar of Vicks Vaporub. Simply rub it into the affected nail every morning before you put on your socks and every night before you go to bed. Takes about 6 months for the nail to grow out, so you have to do it that long.

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  2. QUESTION:
    WHAT COULD BE THOE CAUSE OF MY TOENAILS TURNING YELLOW AND FALLING OFF?WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT AND CURE?
    I WORK AT A JOB THAT REQUIRES SOCKS AND SNEAKERS ALL DAY,SOMETIMES FOR PERIODS UP TO 12/13 HOURS.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like nail fungus. If you're not going to see a doctor, there's anti-fungals you can buy at the drugstore, ask the pharmacist. An old, cheap remedy that some people swear by is using Vicks Vaporub, but it takes longer to work. Also, take a second pair of sneakers and socks to work each day and change them, to try and keep your feet drier. Plain old cornstarch is dry and doesn't smell, that will also help keep your feet drier.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I kill toenail fungus and fast?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had toenail fungus for over ten years now and I finally had enough.

      For a long time I was convinced that there was no cure or at least no practical cure. I know there are oral medicines out there like Lamisil, but the side effects are not worth it and it's very expensive. It can take a year or more to see results and there is no guarantee it won't come back.

      Recently I found out about some other treatments which include Vick's Vaporub, tea tree oil, Listerine and distilled white vinegar.

      I'm trying the Vick's Vaporub treatment. Basically you remove as much of the nail as you can. Then you rub the Vick's directly onto the nail bed and put socks over your feet. Do it twice a day (morning and evening/night).

      I am convinced this will work. Today is my second day and I think it's working, but I won't know for sure until my nail grows back.

      I'm going to put up pictures up on my blog soon. And update my progress regularly. It will probably take 6 months or more to see the final results.

      There is nothing that will get rid of it fast, hopefully the vaporub will work, otherwise I will try one of the other remedies I mentioned.

  4. QUESTION:
    What have you heard or know of?
    What have you heard of know of that works for toe nail fungus?
    If you have links or something to send about the product, that would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      It seems that everyone has a piece of sage advice to offer about how to get rid of toe nail fungus. Some advice is very simple: apply Vicks VapoRub, Listerine, tea tree oil, or any one of a dozen other substances. Other remedies take more effort, like soaking the affected toenail(s) in a solution of dilute bleach, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, Listerine, or some other chemical for a period of time each day.

      Then there are the doctor recommended medications: topical ointments, nail lacquer, or oral drugs. These treatments are easy, and may have stronger scientific backing, but they are by far the most expensive.

      Getting rid of finger nail fungus is easier in some ways, and more difficult in others. Many people will act on a finger nail infection long before they will start asking how to get rid of toe nail fungus, simply because toes can be kept out of sight, but ugly fingernails are a daily embarrassment. People start getting rid of finger nail fungus before the infection is too far advanced. However, it's much harder to get a topical treatment to stay on a fingernail when you’re using your hands all the time, and it's much harder to sit for 15 to 30 minutes every day with your hands soaking in a solution.

      Pick any method for getting rid of finger nail fungus, or any advice on how to get rid of toe nail fungus. If you do any reading, you will quickly discover that all methods are fickle. VapoRub works for some and not for others. Stories of success with a vinegar soak abound; so do stories of failure. Some lucky people report success in weeks; some stress that you may have to keep at it for a year or more. Even the prescription medications have a relatively poor success rate. The bottom line is that curing nail fungus infection is difficult.

      The best advice follows a four step approach. First, see your doctor to get the diagnosis confirmed – other things can look like nail fungus that aren't. Talk to your doctor about treatment options.

      Second, if you are reluctant to take any of the prescription medications, like many people, or if you simply want to learn about other ways of treating nail fungus, consult a natural healing professional or do your own research.

      The third step is to choose a treatment. Any advice on how to get rid of toe nail fungus will probably work just as well for getting rid of finger nail fungus. Remember that any of the choices could have unpleasant and unintended side effects, and none are as foolproof as their proponents claim. Finally, stick with it. All types of nail fungus treatment take time to work.

      David Bloom is an avid health enthusiast and a regular contributor to a variety of health websites. He is the author of How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus, a blog dedicated to the treatment of fingernail and toenail fungus.

  5. QUESTION:
    What wives tales remedies do you know of that actually work?
    My daughter burned her mouth on a hot chili and someone told me to give her a spoonful of sugar! It totally worked!!

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks Vaporub cures toenail fungus, and a bar of soap under your fitted sheets cures restless leg syndrome.

      I'm not kidding, it works!

  6. QUESTION:
    can you cure toenail fungus with listerine?
    can you? does it really work? how long will it take?

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re using Listerine for toenail fungus, be prepared to keep it up for a while – though some people claim the remedy works after soaking for 30 minutes a day for just a few days, most fungal toenail infections will take months to clear, whether you’re using Listerine, vinegar, or any of the prescription drugs. It just takes a long time for the fungus to die and the new, uninfected nail to grow in. Use it every day – never skip a day – and in a month or two, you should see some healthy nail growing in. Don’t stop using Listerine for toenail fungus until the entire nail is new and looks healthy and normal. >>

      It seems that everyone has a piece of sage advice to offer about how to get rid of toe nail fungus. Some advice is very simple: apply Vicks VapoRub, Listerine, tea tree oil, or any one of a dozen other substances. Other remedies take more effort, like soaking the affected toenail(s) in a solution of dilute bleach, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, Listerine, or some other chemical for a period of time each day.

  7. QUESTION:
    are there any EFFECTIVE home remedies for curing toenail fungus?
    Have tried prescription drugs (effective and expensive but hard on the liver), vicks vaporub (no help), straight Tea Tree oil (no help). Does ANYTHING work?

    • ANSWER:
      there is no OTC product that will work on toenail fungus.

  8. QUESTION:
    vicks cures for fungus infections?
    Dr gott has uses to cure fungus with vicks vaporub.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry, but your question isn't clear. If you are asking if Vicks will cure a toenail fungal infection, the answer is that it is working for me.

      I had had several courses of prescription medication: sporanox and lamisil, but they never got rid of my infection. I am now using Vicks Vaporub and am finally seeing healthy nail.

      Just rub some vicks on your toenail and under the edge of it twice a day. Be aware that the toe nail grows very slowly so it will take about 8 months before you see any change. Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a good cure for toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Vicks Vaporub. It really works. Soak your feet. Clean the nail back as far as you can then slather in the Vicks Vaporub under and around the nail. Wear clean white socks to bed. If you can do the procedure more than once a day it will be better.

      It may take 4 - 6 weeks so don't give up too soon.

      Read recently this works on athletes foot too.

  10. QUESTION:
    what is the best anti toenail fungus liquid @ walmart?
    I'm currently using what compares to fungi nail but it says not effective on toenail or fingernail. What the heck??? if its for toenail fungus then why compare it when its not for toenail fungus??? fungi nail does the same exact thing. the brand name leads you to believe the product is an anti toenail fungus? im currently using walmarts version of fungi nail.
    okay... um yeast infection pill... got it... 0_o

    • ANSWER:
      ToeNailFungus:
      You don't seem to realize that it will take a year to grow out. The part of the nail that has been eaten by the fungi cannot by repaired. Ketoconazole, and all azole medications will work, but it will still take a year to see the difference. They are very bad for your liver. You must not drink any alcohol while taking them. You can also use LOCERYL, but this is only as effective as you are able to read, re-read and comply with the instructions.
      Burn all your socks. Buy new, and keep washing in HOT water. Wash trainers in HOT water, and wipe shoes out with white vinegar. Soaking your feet in hot water with a cup of white vinegar in it helps too.

      This is the latest research:
      Novel treatment of onychomycosis using over-the-counter mentholated ointment: a clinical case series.
      Derby R, Rohal P, Jackson C, Beutler A, Olsen C.
      J Am Board Fam Med. 2011 Jan-Feb;24(1):69-74.
      Quote:
      BACKGROUND:
      current medication treatments for onychomycosis have less than full cure-rate efficacy and have the potential for adverse side effects. Vicks VapoRub (The Proctor & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH) has been advocated in the lay literature as an effective treatment for onychomycosis. This pilot study tested Vicks VapoRub as a safe, cost-effective alternative for treating toenail onychomycosis.

      METHODS:
      eighteen participants were recruited to use Vicks VapoRub as treatment for onychomycosis. Participants were followed at intervals of 4, 8, 12, 24, 36, and 48 weeks; digital photographs were obtained during initial and follow-up visits. Primary outcome measures were mycological cure at 48 weeks and clinical cure through subjective assessment of appearance and quantifiable change in the area of affected nail by digital photography analysis. Patient satisfaction was a secondary outcome, measured using a single-item questionnaire scored by a 5-point Likert scale.

      RESULTS:
      fifteen of the 18 participants (83%) showed a positive treatment effect; 5 (27.8%) had a mycological and clinical cure at 48 weeks; 10 (55.6%) had partial clearance, and 3 (16.7%) showed no change. All 18 participants rated their satisfaction with the nail appearance at the end of the study as "satisfied" (n = 9) or "very satisfied" (n = 9).

      CONCLUSIONS:
      Vicks VapoRub seems to have a positive clinical effect in the treatment onychomycosis

  11. QUESTION:
    Anyone have success with Vicks Vaporub (sp) curing toenail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi rhubardpi,
      Vicks Vapor Rub is a product that is commonly known to fight colds and to help an individual to breathe easier. While there are no medical studies or findings to support theories, some nail fungus sufferers have reported success in using Vicks Vapor Rub for nail fungus. This medication is available at any supermarket or most retail stores and is fairly inexpensive. There is no prescription required; however it is recommended that an individual speak with his/her doctor prior to using Vicks Vapor Rub for nail fungus. Look article: http://www.askedweb.com/askedweb/Vicks_Vapor_Rub_For_Nail_Fungal_Infections/

      You may curing Toenail fungus :
      Tea tree oil is a potent natural antiseptic and fungicide that will help fight your fungus. Apply undiluted tea tree oil with olive oil to the affected toe nail. Alternatively you can put few drops of tea tree oil on toenails and rub it thoroughly every day.
      Also: Listerine, natural apple cider, lavender oil...please look:http://www.askedweb.com/askedweb/Toenail_Fungus_Remedy/
      Avoid using if you are allergic to something.
      Jason Homan

  12. QUESTION:
    is vaporub a solution for nail fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are a lot of people who uses vicks when curing themselves out of toenail fungus. Though results may vary from person to person.

  13. QUESTION:
    how to treat toenail fungus?
    yellow brittle toenails

    • ANSWER:
      You can treat toenail fungus in the following ways.

      A.- Lifestyle and home remedies

      Sometimes, because current treatments can take a long time to work and aren't always effective, people turn to home remedies.
      Two remedies purported to help nail fungus infections are vinegar and Vicks VapoRub.

      1.- Vinegar.
      - While there's no direct evidence that a vinegar soak can cure nail fungus, some studies have shown that it can inhibit the growth of certain bacteria.
      - Experts suggest soaking your feet for 15 to 20 minutes in a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts warm water.
      - Be sure to rinse well and pat your feet dry when you're done.
      - You can soak your feet like this daily.
      - But if your skin becomes irritated, try soaking only two to three times a week, or increase the amount of water in the mixture.

      2.- Vicks VapoRub.
      - As with vinegar, there have been no controlled clinical trials to assess the effectiveness of Vicks VapoRub on nail fungus, but there have been numerous anecdotal reports that it works.
      - There's no consensus on how often to apply this product, so check with your doctor before using it on your nails.
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      B.- Treatments and drugs

      Nail fungus can be difficult to treat, and repeated infections are common.
      Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams and ointments are available, but they aren't very effective.
      If you have athlete's foot as well as nail fungus, you should treat the athlete's foot with topical medication and keep your feet clean and dry.

      1.- Oral medications
      - To treat nail fungus, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication.
      - Studies have shown the most effective treatments to be terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox).
      - Your doctor is likely to recommend oral medication if you:
      Have diabetes or other risk factors for cellulitis
      Have a history of cellulitis
      Are experiencing pain or discomfort from your nail infection
      Want treatment because the infection is unsightly
      These medications help a new nail grow free of infection, slowly replacing the infected portion of your nail.
      You typically take these medications for six to 12 weeks, but you won't see the end result of treatment until the nail grows back completely.
      It may take four months or longer to eliminate an infection.
      Recurrent infections are possible, especially if you continue to expose your nails to warm, moist conditions.
      Antifungal drugs may cause side effects ranging from skin rashes to liver damage. Doctors may not recommend them for people with liver disease or congestive heart failure or for those taking certain medications.

      2.- Other treatment options
      Your doctor may also suggest these nail fungus treatments:

      Antifungal lacquer.
      - If you have a mild to moderate infection of nail fungus, your doctor may prefer to prescribe an antifungal nail polish called ciclopirox (Penlac).
      - You paint it onto your infected nails and surrounding skin once a day.
      - After seven days, you wipe the piled-on layers clean with alcohol and begin fresh applications.
      - Daily use of Penlac for about one year has been shown to help clear some nail fungal infections.

      Topical medications.
      - Your doctor may also opt for other topical antifungal medications.
      - You may be advised to use these creams with an over-the-counter lotion containing urea to help speed up absorption.
      - Topical medications usually don't provide a cure, but may be used in conjunction with oral medications.
      - Your doctor may file the surface of your nail (debridement) to lessen the amount of infected nail to treat and possibly make the topical medication more effective.

      Surgery.
      - If your nail infection is severe or extremely painful, your doctor may suggest removing your nail.
      - A new nail will usually grow in its place, though it will come in slowly and may take as long as a year to grow back completely.
      - Sometimes surgery is used in combination with ciclopirox to treat the nail bed.

      Treating nail fungus with a laser or photodynamic therapy, in which intense light is used, to irradiate the nail after it's been treated with an acid, may also be successful. However, this new treatment may not be available everywhere

  14. QUESTION:
    nail fungus?????? HELP!!!!?
    k so i got infected with nail fungus i have no i dea why..anyway the fungus keeps moving from one of my fingernails to another i dont no what to do is there anything i can do to make this stop..my nail fungus wont go away or should i just give up and go to a doctor.not all of my nails are infected but three of my nails have already been what can i do to make it stop spreading!?!

    • ANSWER:
      There are several treatment options to treat toenail fungus.
      Latest treatment for toenail fungus using a laser. This treatment option is treatment with the fewest complications. However, this treatment requires high costs and are not covered by insurance. Treatment with lasers is recommended if there is a contraindication to treatment with oral or topical medications. Here is evidence that laser treatment can cure toenail fungus : http://curestoenailfungus.com/toenail-fungus-treatments/successful-treatment-of-toenail-fungus-with-laser-in-japan/

      Topical treatment with cream or nail lacquer is also one treatment option that has little side effects. One disadvantage of topical treatment is a drug can not penetrate the layer to layer in the nail. To overcome these weaknesses, topical medication should be combined with surgical debridement for the drug to go through a deep layer of the nail. In addition, topical treatment can also be combined with oral medications in low doses to prevent recurrence. Here is references about the use of topical medication to get rid of toenail fungus: http://curestoenailfungus.com/toenail-fungus-treatments/penlac-nail-lacquer-effectiveness-treating-onychomycosis/

      Treatment of nail fungus is most commonly used oral medications. However, the use of oral medication must be careful because it has many side effects and contraindications. This treatment was chosen because it is relatively cheap compared with other treatment options. To overcome the side effects and increase effectiveness, often used some combination of oral medication. Combination oral treatment proved more effective than single treatment: http://curestoenailfungus.com/toenail-fungus-treatments/combination-of-loceryl-and-sporanox-treatment-for-toenail-fungus/

      If you want to try using natural remedies for nail fungus, now there are some natural remedies that are proven to cure fungal infection with laboratory and preclinical research. But, there are no clinical research which has proved them.
      Vicks VapoRub which often used to treat coughs and colds was also can be used to treat toenail fungus. Vicks VapoRub contains menthol which has antifungal activity. The following references regarding the use of Vicks VapoRub for nail fungus cure: http://curestoenailfungus.com/toenail-fungus-treatments/vicks-vaporub-cure-for-toenail-fungus/
      We can also use a natural remedy from Mexico, that is snakeroot leaf extract. These Mexican herbs have been used since several centuries ago to treat toenail fungus. Now, scientists have proven that this plant contains encecalin that can kill fungus. You can read the article about the usefulness snakeroot leaf extract for treating toenail fungus at: http://curestoenailfungus.com/toenail-fungus-treatments/snakeroot-mexican-plants-as-toenail-fungus-natural-cure-a-scientific-evidence /

      Natural treatment for toenail fungus which is already very well known is tea tree oil. The researchers found that tea tree oil contains Terpinen-4-ol. These substances can inhibit the growth of fungi. In fact, tea tree oil proved effective to treat fungal infections that are resistant to fluconazole. You can read about it at http://curestoenailfungus.com/toenail-fungus-treatments/tea-tree-oil-treating-toenail-fungus/

      You can discuss with your doctor in choosing the most suitable treatment to get rid of nail fungus.I hope this can help you in choosing a medication to treat your nails.

  15. QUESTION:
    Toe Nail Fungus Question, please...?
    I am curious about something I read about Vicks Vapor Rub and I know that this
    sounds crazy; but, is it possible for Vicks Vapor Rub to cure it????

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, there have been doctors that have witnessed improvements in patients that used Vicks Vaporub for nail fungus infections.

      The key is to using it in the early stages of the fungus.

      If your infection is more severe then it probably won't work.

      How does it work when other home remedies don't? The oils and petroleum jelly in the Vaporub soften the nail so that the antifungal ingredients (like menthol) are able to reach and fight the infection. Most other home treatments can penetrate the nail and reach the fungus.

      If you want to try it then apply it to the infected area each night before bed. Cover your foot with a 100% cotton breathable sock so that no moisture gets trapped.

      If you're not sure that it's a toenail fungus infection you should see a doctor (preferably a dermatologist). There are literally dozens of illnesses that can look like toenail fungus. None of them are potentially dangerous so don't worry. However, if it's something like a bacterial infection you will need antibiotics to treat it and that would mean a prescription from a doctor is needed.

      Hope this helps!

  16. QUESTION:
    URGENT PLEASE ANSWER (Toenails falling off)?
    My mother in in the cleaning business, she cleans offices and things like that. She has to wear closed in shoes ('sneakers') Any who, it was a few days ago that she started to notice strange things happen to 4 of her toe nails. I have looked at them and the 'affected' toe nails seem to be tinted slightly yellow, a creamy yellow, and they look terribly dried up. The nails are all hanging from a small piece of alive skin, if she wanted to, she could pull them off easily. She says she feels no pain whatsoever. What could be happening? Also, a few weeks ago, on one of her toes she has bubbles all over one specific toe filled with pus, she's popped them all and now is healed, the only issue are these dried up, slightly yellow, and kinda dead-looking toe nails. Does anyone have an answer and some remedies or medications she should pursue?

    • ANSWER:
      Major fungal infection Onychomychosis.
      the bublles over the toe were part of the infection, but the body was able to 'throw it off'.
      The nails have been totally eaten by the fungi.

      You don't seem to realize that it will take a year to grow out. The part of the nail that has been eaten by the fungi cannot by repaired. Ketoconazole, and all azole medications will work, but it will still take a year to see the difference. They are very bad for your liver. You must not drink any alcohol while taking them. You can also use LOCERYL, but this is only as effective as you are able to read, re-read and comply with the instructions.
      Burn all your socks. Buy new, and keep washing in HOT water. Wash trainers in HOT water, and wipe shoes out with white vinegar. Soaking your feet in hot water with a cup of white vinegar in it helps too.

      This is the latest research:
      Novel treatment of onychomycosis using over-the-counter mentholated ointment: a clinical case series.
      Derby R, Rohal P, Jackson C, Beutler A, Olsen C.
      J Am Board Fam Med. 2011 Jan-Feb;24(1):69-74.
      Quote:
      BACKGROUND:
      current medication treatments for onychomycosis have less than full cure-rate efficacy and have the potential for adverse side effects. Vicks VapoRub (The Proctor & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH) has been advocated in the lay literature as an effective treatment for onychomycosis. This pilot study tested Vicks VapoRub as a safe, cost-effective alternative for treating toenail onychomycosis.

      METHODS:
      eighteen participants were recruited to use Vicks VapoRub as treatment for onychomycosis. Participants were followed at intervals of 4, 8, 12, 24, 36, and 48 weeks; digital photographs were obtained during initial and follow-up visits. Primary outcome measures were mycological cure at 48 weeks and clinical cure through subjective assessment of appearance and quantifiable change in the area of affected nail by digital photography analysis. Patient satisfaction was a secondary outcome, measured using a single-item questionnaire scored by a 5-point Likert scale.

      RESULTS:
      fifteen of the 18 participants (83%) showed a positive treatment effect; 5 (27.8%) had a mycological and clinical cure at 48 weeks; 10 (55.6%) had partial clearance, and 3 (16.7%) showed no change. All 18 participants rated their satisfaction with the nail appearance at the end of the study as "satisfied" (n = 9) or "very satisfied" (n = 9).

      CONCLUSIONS:
      Vicks VapoRub seems to have a positive clinical effect in the treatment onychomycosis

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