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Does Vicks Vapor Rub Cure Toenail Fungus?

It has been rumored that curing toenail fungus is as easy as going to your kitchen pantry or bathroom medicine cabinet.   Vinegar and Vicks Vapor Rub are two products that are supposed to “cure” toenail fungus.

The problem with these home remedies is that there is no recommended treatment regimen for either product.  There also have not been any clinical studies confirming that either treatment is effective.  The Mayo Clinic mentions both treatments, but emphasizes that there is no clinical evidence supporting either claim.

A podiatrist can diagnose your condition as onychomycosis and provide scientifically-based treatment that is right for you.

There are three types of treatment for onychomycosis:

  • Topical Medications
  • Oral Medications
  • Laser Treatment

All of these treatments penetrate the nail bed at the source of nail infection.  The problem with vinegar baths or applying Vicks Vapor Rub is that they don’t penetrate the nail bed and get to the source of the fungal infection.

If you want the best treatment options available for killing fungus, call our office at 816-943-1111.  Dr. Mark Green has been treating conditions of the foot and ankle for over nineteen years.

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