Will Vicks VapoRub Kill Toenail Fungus?
Posting Date: 09/20/1999
Q: I had toenail fungus so bad that there were little white things on the left big toe eating away at the nail. My family doctor said it would take three visits and three treatments and the medicine can be hard on the liver. What really got my attention was the cost: $700. I checked with a friend who is a podiatrist. He confirmed what the doctor said but assured me that the liver scare was no big problem. A week later, just before my wife and I left on a one month trip to Europe, she read your column about using Vicks VapoRub to kill toenail fungus. As soon as we got to Switzerland we went to an international pharmacy and bought a small jar of Vicks. I went straight to my room and put on my first treatment. The next morning the white things were gone. Six weeks later, there is no sign of toenail fungus! Now I apply it only once a week. I probably should share the $700 I saved with you but I spent it in Europe. I do want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for printing this home remedy.
A: No need to share. We are delighted to hear that you got good results from Vicks VapoRub. This old-fashioned cold remedy contains eucalyptus oil, menthol, camphor, cedarleaf oil, nutmeg oil, thymol and turpentine oil, ingredients that may have anti-fungal properties.