Does Vicks Vaporub cure toenail fungus?

Houston podiatrist treats toenail fungus without vicks vaporubOne of the home remedies that is popular, especially appearing regularly in the Houston Chronicle's health column, is the use of Vicks Vaporub to cure toenail fungus. In fact it is so convincingly popular that I've had patients discontinue the use of prescribed anti-fungal treatments, with scientific studies proving that they are effective, in favor of using this product. Does Vicks Vaporub cure toenail fungus? The answer is no.

 

Why does this myth persist? Vicks does have some effect on the toenails. Applying Vicks Vaporub to the toenails will soften and lighten their color. This gives the impression of treating the fungus. In truth, Vicks may have some anti-fungal properties, but it is unable to effectively penetrate the toenail to treat the fungus. This is a problem with many topical anti-fungal treatments.

 

Tanglewood Foot Specialists use Formula 3 as our topical anti-fungal of choice. We have seen this medication provide better results than any other topical anti-fungal medication. In addition, the company stands behind its product with a money-back guarantee. Formula 3 is available at our Houston podiatry office.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.