Q. Recently you mentioned Vicks as a possible treatment for nail fungus. I’ve struggled with this condition on both feet for the last eight months. Neither tolnaftate nor undecylenic acid was helpful. I also tried OTC foot soaks.
Nothing worked until I read about Vicks. It cleared the fungus up quickly! Now I can see only a faint trace of it under one nail.
A. Vicks VapoRub contains several antifungal herbal oils, including thymol and eucalyptol. Persistence in applying it morning and evening is usually the key. One study actually showed a “positive clinical effect” (Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, Jan-Feb, 2011), although some dermatologists remain skeptical.
Although it does not work in every case, you will find many testimonials on the use of Vicks VapoRub for toenail fungus at PeoplesPharmacy.com. There are also a number of other interesting applications for this OTC remedy on the website and in our Guide to Unique Uses for Vicks.
For other home remedies for nail fungus, you may be interested in our Guide to Hair and Nail Care.