Foot fungus is a common condition caused by microscopic organisms that grow in warm, moist areas. If a person walks in a warm place, such as dressing rooms, showers or pools, organisms can invade your nails and may cause an infection. The condition is unsightly and can be painful in severe cases. Although most cases can be treated by a doctor, there are home remedies, as Vicks VapoRub, which have shown big progress in treating this condition.
Although toenails fungus is usually treated with oral medication prescribed by a doctor, some people treat them with Vicks VapoRub. There is evidence proving that Vicks VapoRub can cure fungal toenails in some people. This is largely due to its ingredients, including menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil. These ingredients may have antifungal properties that inhibit fungus growth in the toenails. 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 fungal toenails of 32 people from a total of 85 participants. It took five 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 fungal toenails. Some people believe that vinegar compresses can be an effective cure. Although there are no studies showing that vinegar works specifically for fungal toenails, it has been shown that it can stop the growth of some types of bacteria. Use one part vinegar and two parts warm water. The compress must act for 20 minutes, then you should rinse and dry the area. If the vinegar causes irritation, the napkin 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 doesn’t recommend using it to treat nail fungus.