Toenail fungus or Onychomycosis is a common ailment wherein the toenails become thicker, brittle and discolored. Though not harmful, this condition can be quite uncomfortable, painful and upsetting especially when you are required to wear closed shoes when working, running or walking. If this is not properly and immediately treated, the condition could get worse leading to the breaking and removal of the entire toenail.
You should take note however that weight gain, weight loss, skin discoloration and nausea as well as permanent liver damage are some of the potential and unpleasant side effects of these over the counter medicines and prescription medications for cure this type of skin and nail disease.
If you happen to have this condition and are seeking for affordable but effective treatment, you may be delighted to know that one of the best remedies for this can be found in your medicine cabinet or nearby drug or grocery store.
You may be familiar with Vicks Vapor Rub and its good effects in curing coughs and colds but you may be surprised to know that Vicks can safely and successfully cure nail fungus as well. Unlike treatments by medical professionals for fungal infections and skin diseases like antibiotics or pricey topical solutions, you can use home treatments and remedies.
Although initially known as a medicated chest rub, the effect of Vicks on nail fungus has been studied by researchers who found that it indeed has antifungal effects. Vicks comprise Camphor, Menthol, Thymol and oil of Eucalyptus that are considered as its active ingredients. Out of these components, it has been studied that it was Thymol oil that is the most helpful in inhibiting the growth of Dermatophytes and Candida, which are the main causes of toenail fungus. It destroys the cell membranes which prevents the infection to spread. This method also has relatively minimal side effects as compared to over the counter medications, solutions or surgery.
It is generally easy to use Vicks Vapor Rub in treatment of your toenail fungus. The simple procedure is as follows:
- Immerse your feet in warm water for about 20 minutes.
- Wash thoroughly with soap and water (germicidal soap is highly recommended).
- Rinse and pat dry completely with clean towel. Make sure that the towel you use is clean to prevent another set of germs to get into the already affected area.
- Apply a generous amount of Vicks Vapor Rub on the affected area and the surrounding skin. This is quite satisfying because of the cool effect of the vaporub when it comes in contact with skin.
- Leave it until it dries entirely.
This method should be done at least 2-3 times a day in order to cure your toenail fungus infection. Based on testimonies of various users who successfully got rid of their Onychomycosis by using Vicks Vapor rub, it took them 6-16 weeks for it to completely heal. Just take note that you need a lot of patience and consistency to get desirable results.