Vicks VapoRub is a common over-the-counter product commonly known for helping nasal congestions and coughing. But there are some reports that Vicks has some merit for curing nail fungus, or at least helping in some way.
However, if you are thinking of using Vicks VapoRub as a Cure for Nail Fungus you will probably be quite disappointed. And I will explain why within this article.
Unlike other promising cures scientific studies have not been completed on the effectiveness of Vicks. Claims and reports are so contradictory that drug companies will not waste millions of dollars on laboratory testing on hearsay. If drug companies were confident there was some merit they would have tested this many many years ago and provided a product. So this raised doubt.
So Why Do People Think Vicks Will Cure Nail Fungus?
First, Vicks VapoRub is applied topically to the infected nail. The oily substance is thought to soften and penetrate the nail killing the fungus.
Secondly, look at the main ingredients of Vicks VapoRub:
- Camphor (5.2%)
- Eucalyptus Oil (1.2%), and
- Menthol (2.8%)
Vicks also contains these other ingredients:
- Carbomer 954
- Cedarleaf oil
- Cetyl alcohol
- Cetyl palmitate
- Cyclomethicone copolyol
- Dimethicone copolyol
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Isopropyl palmitate
- Nutmeg oil
- Peg-100 stearate
- Purified water
- Sodium hydroxide
- Stearic acid
- Stearyl alcohol
- Titanium dioxide
- Turpentine oil
Now you may think twice about using this product if you want to put it directly onto your skin if you can understand some of the 'other' ingredients. Seek medical advice if you suffer from skin conditions.
However, the properties of Thymol, listed in the 'other' ingredients, contains camphor. Camphor is an extract derived from the herbs of oregano, arnica, damiana, and other plants thought to have antifungal properties. It is these antifungal properties that supposedly help to cure nail fungus.
Notice how Thymol is listed as an 'other' ingredient which means the concentrations are very small. Therefore to get enough Thymol you could be risking problems with an overdose of other ingredients if you are susceptible.
Some have had success with Vicks, but the process usually takes much longer than expected and people give up. Although cheap to buy, prolonged curing time outweighs this.
How Do You Apply Vicks VapoRub?
- Vicks is applied simply by applying it onto the infected nail covering the nail completely. The gel will need to be applied several times a day. When you apply Vicks the nail may become blackish and indicate that the product may be working to kill the fungus.
- The problem with this thickish stringy gel is that it is hard to keep on the nail. The antifungal properties are so low you need quite a thick layer to have any affect at all. This simply is not practical and you will just spread Vicks over everything you touch.
- This product was designed to be smeared onto your chest area in a thin layer over a larger area where your skin absorbs it. Your nails are hard and smooth and the gel just rubs of upon contact
Reasons Why Vicks VapoRub Doesn't Work for Most
- Vicks was intended to be applied on the chest area where the menthol fumes help to alleviate congestion. Not as a nail fungal cure.
- Vicks is too messy to apply and keep on the nail. As your fingers are constantly moving you will keep rubbing off the gel. In order to keep the continually growing fungi at bay you need have applied Vicks at night too while you are sleeping. Apart from wearing surgical gloves to bed keeping clean sheets is virtually impossible.
- As the antifungal properties are in low dosage your treatment will probably last for 6-12 months or more, just for a fast growing fingernail. Toenails often take 6-8 months alone with a prescription drug to grow the fungus out. Just image having a layer of sticky gel on your finger for a month with a tub in your back pocked ready for a reapplication several times a day.
- Vicks may be effective against some types of fungus that cause a nail infection, but not others. While the majority of fungal infections are caused by two specific fungi there are many other fungi that also cause infections. This is why some infections look white, brown, black, green, and also red. This is the pigment by-product from the fungus feeding on the keratin found within your nail.
Why Some People Have Success
- Success may come from applying the gel very early before the fungus has a chance to get established. Since it is often too late before you even notice the fungus in your nail early treatment is missed. The only early signs of infection are usually white dots that grow so slowly you become accustom. Commonly people think it's a vitamin deficiency. If you wear nail polish early detection rarely occurs.
- Children seem to have a better success rate. This may be because children's nails are thinner where the Vicks can penetrate to kill the fungus. However, as children are so busy trying to keep Vicks on their nail will be a challenge.
- Filing as much of your nail as you dare increases the chances of Vicks to penetrate the nail. If the nail has thickened then filing is the only option here to remove most of the infection. If you don't there is so much fungal growth still living underneath that a reoccurrence is high.
Why You Should Try Another Product than Vicks
- Though it may be cheaper to use Vicks VapoRub for treating nail fungus, it is highly likely that better results will be obtained with a purpose designed products. Zeta Clear is one such product.
- Zeta Clear's main ingredients are essential oils that specifically contain antifungal agents. Tea Tree Oil is the main essential oil that has excellent antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that does penetrate the nail to where the fungus is hiding.
- This product has growing scientific evidence and is approved by the F.D.A.
- Vicks may seem appealing, inexpensive, and very easy to obtain but why bother when there is much better alternative available that is also cheap. Zeta Clear is simply applied in a thin coat once a day with a simple brush applicator mounted within the cap. So simple and easy, and is why this product is becoming the norm for treating nail fungus.