Home Treatment for Onychomycosis: Can Vicks Vaporub Really Cure Toenail Fungus?

Blogger Olga Boyko recalls the story of the summer she used Vicks VapoRub to cure the toenail fungus that afflicted her big toe. She showered and scrubbed the nail, then applied the medication, put a cotton sock over it, and went to sleep. In the morning after her shower, she tried to apply the medication again, but the infected portion of the nail started to peel off. “To this day, it’s the nastiest thing that has ever happened to me,” she wrote.

She reportedly applied the VapoRub anyway and continued to do so — twice a day — for several months. Despite the malady, she wore open-toe shoes to prevent fungus from taking hold inside damp, dark shoes. After three or four months, a healthy nail grew back. The internet is full of interesting stories like this one, alleging that Vicks VapoRub is an effective home remedy for toenail fungus. But is there any evidence backing this solution for a medical condition that is notoriously chronic and hard-to-treat?

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Can this cheap, over-the-counter medication cure toenail fungus?

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Natural Healing: Can Neem Oil Be Used to Treat Pesky Foot Fungus?

Foot fungus can be a terrible problem for a person who is dedicated to holistic healing and natural remedies. The usual course of treatment for toenail fungus involves heavy duty oral antifungal medication which can be considerably expensive. Athlete’s foot is a bit easier to treat with an over-the-counter topical, but it still tends to resist natural cures and can become a persistent problem. Neem oil is one of the products we’ve seen pitched to treat foot fungus, so this post serves to look into the matter further.

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The Neem tree comes from India, and is a relative of the Mahogany tree.
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Is It "Thyme" for Toenail Fungus Treatment? Exploring the Effectiveness of this Natural Remedy

“It’s not exactly a life-threatening condition, but toenail fungus, known in the medical community as onychomycosis, can be cosmetically unattractive and painful,” reports Anahad O’Connor, a science feature writer for the NY Times. Several years back, he investigated thyme as a possible holistic toenail fungus cure. We’re naturally skeptical of these claims because toenail fungus is notoriously difficult and expensive to treat, but in some cases there is some scientific basis behind these folk remedies.


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The thyme plant can be a source of antimicrobial goodness, studies suggest.
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Will Hydrogen Peroxide Kill Foot Fungus?

Hydrogen peroxide is a simple chemical compound comprised of two hydrogen molecules and two oxygen molecules. The concentration for health purposes is 3-5%, with the vast majority of the solution containing just water. This pharmaceutical grade solution contains various stabilizers, so it should not be ingested, but it can be used topically to treat a variety of ailments.

Other mixtures for home use may contain up to 10% concentration to be used as a bleach, tooth scrub, or ear wax remover. Concentrations as high as 30% may be used industrially for bleaching paper, rocket fuel, or producing foam rubber.

One of the alleged uses for hydrogen peroxide circulating in emails is that it can kill foot fungus. Here’s what we think…

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Natural Toenail Fungus Remedies: Does Vinegar Kill Fungal Infections?

People who suffer from toenail fungus are often desperate to try any potential home remedy. Online magazines like Only My Health claim that a fungal nail infection can be treated at home by soaking the toes in one part vinegar, two parts warm water, for 15 minutes. They also recommend trimming the nails once they are softened and covering the fungus nails with a bandage in between soaking. We have several problems with this advice regarding natural toenail fungus remedies.

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Live Healthy: 10 Antifungal Foods To Heal You From The Inside Out

People who have suffered an unfortunate bout of athlete’s foot, onychomycosis, or another type of foot fungus understand the full extent of how unpleasant these conditions can be. While time off work isn’t necessary, there are many social situations where individuals with foot fungus feel horribly uncomfortable — and the course of treatment is long. There are creams that don’t work, oral medications with adverse side effects, and expensive laser treatments. It seems there is just no good way to go about curing oneself of fungus once it attacks! Fortunately, once the infection has cleared up, there are some steps we can take to prevent a recurrence. One of those steps is to eat an antifungal diet that boosts your immune system and discourages the proliferation of fungus in the body. Here are ten foods to get you started…

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Is Tea Tree Oil A Good Remedy For Toenail Fungus?

An article in ABQ Journal claimed that tea tree oil was the remedy for toenail fungus. A woman reported that her professional nail technician told her to buy 100% pure Australian tea tree oil and paint the affected nail once or twice a day. “It kills the fungus,” she says. “I used it for about six months because toenail fungus takes so long to grow in. The fungus is definitely gone!”

She adds that she’s since read tea tree oil is a natural remedy for athlete’s foot, minor cuts and insect bites as well. Deriving from the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, this herbal oil is said to have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, says the Journal. Is there truth to these claims, or is it all a bunch of hogwash? We investigate…

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Will The New Beer Foot Baths at Four Seasons Cure My Foot Fungus?

Is beer a good enough reason to plan your travel around it this summer? We don’t know about that, but there are some enticing opportunities for self-professed craft beer aficionados. For instance, New Belgium Brewery is running a “Tour de Fat: Beer, Bikes & Bemusement” festival in cities like Atlanta, Denver, San Diego and Minneapolis. Brooklyn Brewery from New York and Deschutes from Oregon are also making the rounds with traveling beer events.

Yet, what really caught our eye was The Spa at Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado — which is offering a new “Amber Ale Foot Soak” on their spa menu. Is this supposed to be a treatment for foot fungus?

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Antimicrobial Socks: What Exactly Are You Putting On Your Feet?

If you want to treat toenail fungus, one of the most important aspects of recovery is limiting contact with harmful microbes and bacteria that builds up in the shoe. People who have paid to undergo laser treatment for fungal nails are especially concerned about making the most of their investment and preventing a recurrence. Can antimicrobial socks help?

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What Is A UV Shoe Sanitizer?

The general consensus among podiatrists is that it seems futile to treat a patient’s feet, without simultaneously doing something about his shoes. The dark, moist environment surrounding the feet can serve as potential reservoirs of reinfection. Shoe Care Innovations Inc. of Redwood City, California is the manufacturer behind breakthrough technology that helps people in keeping their shoes sanitary to limit exposure to dangerous microbes.

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