Vicks Vaporub is a cough suppressant topical analgesic. It's a very
common treatment habitually used against the cough.
But unlikely, Vicks Vaporub is also known for its effectiveness to treat
read many testimonies about a successful treatment of Nail Fungus by Vicks
It's what is called a "home remedy" and then it hasn't the caution of
It don't work for anyone although, but as it is a very common and
affordable medication, with quasi no side effect, why don't give it a try ?
How to use Vicks Vaporub ?
The reported usage is to rub your nail or toenail with a generous dose of
Vicks two times a day, and under a few days, you will find it improved.
The treatment is rather long, and you will have to insist for about six
months or more to be freed of the nail fungus.
Preferably, you will have to continue the treatment until the new nail is
completely grows, because if a parcel of the infected nail remain, the
fungus will reappear.
So it appear that Vicks Vaporub don't really kill the fungus in many cases,
but it seems at a minimum to prevent it from developing.
Some people reports also the darkening of the nail in some cases. If this
happens to you, you will be better to try other treatment as tea tree oil or
It isn't well known why Vicks Vaporub is effective to treat nail fungus ,
but as you can see bellow, Vicks contains some essential oils, and some have
known anti fungal effects (turpentine, a component of Tea Tree Oil)
Active Ingredients :
4.8% Camphor (cough suppressant & topical analgesic)
2.6% Menthol (cough suppressant & topical analgesic)
1.2% Eucalyptus oil (cough suppressant)
Cedar leaf oil, nutmeg oil, special petrolatum, thymol, and turpentine oil.
Side effects of Vicks Vaporub
In its common usage as a topical treatment, Vicks Vaporub has no reported
That said, as always, some of its ingredients can cause serious problems :
As always consult your Doctor when using any medication.
Do not use:
with tight bandages
on wounds or damaged skin