Foot fungus is a common condition caused by microscopic organisms that grow in warm, moist areas. If you walk barefoot in a warm place, such as dressing rooms, showers or pools, organisms can invade your nails and cause an infection. This causes thick nails, and at some point they start losing color and start to break. The condition is unsightly and can be painful in severe cases. Although most cases can be treated by the doctor, there are home treatments also, as Vicks VapoRub, which have shown big progress.
Although toenails fungus is usually treated with oral medication prescribed by a doctor, some people treat it with Vicks VapoRub. There is evidence proving that Vicks VapoRub can remove toenail fungus in some people. This is largely due to its ingredients, including menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil. These ingredients have antifungal properties that inhibit the growth of the fungus in the toenails and allows the growing of a new and healthy nail. The ointment should be applied to the affected nails every day.
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that daily use of Vicks VapoRub cured toenail fungus of 32 people from a total of 85 participants. It took 5 to 16 months to completely eliminate the infection, which is comparable with other treatments for fungal toenails.
Vicks VapoRub has no side effects, which can make it a good choice for people who have problems with oral medications. Oral antifungal medications can cause skin irritation in some patients and can also cause liver damage. Patients with congestive heart failure or liver disease may be unable to take an oral treatment, so Vick VapoRub can be a good alternative for them.
Vicks VapoRub is not the only home remedy for toenail fungus. Some people say that vinegar compresses prove to be effective. Although there are no studies showing that vinegar works specifically for toenail fungus, it has been shown that it can stop the growth of some types of bacteria. The pads must be made of one part vinegar and two parts warm water. Let the compress act on the foot for 20 minutes then rinse and dry the area. If the vinegar causes irritation, the pad should be diluted with more water.
Vicks VapoRub is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be used as a cure for toenail fungus. The company does not recommend using it to treat nail fungus.