It is amazing how one product can be developed for a certain purpose and end up being used for other things other than the intended use. This is what happens with Vicks VapoRub. It is a product that was developed to help relieve people from cold and its annoying symptoms, but as time went by, it found other purposes like treating toenail fungus. There are so many products developed for toenail fungus infection treatment, and since people heard the word about the secret use of this product, many have used it as a home remedy. Nail fungus infections are very nasty, and that is why anything that shows it can cure it will be greatly embraced.
As mentioned earlier, this product was made to relieve cold symptoms and coughs. Even so, people discovered that the ingredients of the product could kill fungus infections giving your nail a chance to grow healthily. Minimal studies exist to back up the theory, and the product has not been approved by FDA for nail fungus treatment
The active ingredients present in this product include Camphor, Menthol, and Eucalyptus oil. There are also other ingredients like thymol, nutmeg oil, cedar leaf oil, turpentine oil, and special petrolatum. The three active ingredients together with thymol were studied, and the results showed that these products inhibited the growth of certain fungi.
Since these ingredients show the product’s potential, we will give the product the benefit of the doubt for now.
In verifying whether these ingredients are effective for treating fungal infections in human, a lot was discovered. The signs and symptoms of infection improved greatly after 48 weeks. A very few test subjects were cured. It was also noted that the product only works for two types fungi: Candida parapsilosis and trichophyton mentagrophytes.
These studies show that Vicks VapoRub is not a dependable course of treatment for toenail fungus infection. If your cause of infection is anything other than the two kinds of fungi, then this product will not work for you let alone improve the symptoms. Typically, many people never know the kind of fungus they are dealing with and without this information; this product is useless for you.
This product also took a very long time to improve the symptoms making it very ineffective in curing the infection and eliminating it. When the fungus is not eliminated, recurring infections are inevitable.
Also, the percentage of the ingredients is effective for treating colds and coughs as the Vicks was designed for this purpose. Therefore, it may not be enough to eliminate the infection. For a very mild infection, this product may have a shot at curing it completely but after a long while. But when dealing with moderate to severe infections, this product will not work for you.
Another thing you should note is that it does nothing to improve the look of the nail. It is not a wholesome choice. When dealing with nail fungus infection, it is important that at the end of the treatment, you get a healthy looking nail.
This product was designed to treat colds and coughs. Therefore, stick to the intended use. It will not heal your infection and give you the results you expect.
Dr. Soumya Podduturi is an Aesthetic Dermatologist, Dermatologist, Dermatosurgeon, Trichologist, Pediatric Dermatologist, Cosmetologist with 8 Years Experience