Vapor Rub on Toenail Fungus


Vick’s Vapor Rub contains the ingredients Camphor (4.8%), Thymol (1.2%) and Menthol (2.6%) which have all been show to all fight against toenail fungus in some research studies. A Spanish study states that Vick’s Vapor rub is very effective, while the Mayo Clinic admits that while many people vouch for this treatment method, it is difficult to prove that the Vick’s Vapor Rub is having a great deal of effectiveness.



There is an under 40% chance that this method will work on your fungal nails, but the odds are increased if:

  • Area of nail involvement is under 50% of the total nail surface
  • There is no ingrowing of the nails into the skin edges
  • The nail is not painful
  • The skin under and around the nail still looks normal and has not yet become thick.
  • No White / yellow or orange / brown streaks in the nail exist


What you need:

  • Nail File, emery board or nail file
  • Vick’s Vapor Rub
  • Socks
  • 6-9 Months (Seriously!)


How to do it:

  • Trim and file the nail down before you try any treatment! Studies show that using an emery board to file your nails down in length and thickness increase the effectiveness of all of the following treatments by 15-25%, which is actually huge if you only have a 40% of working in the first place! The nail fungus has been shown to create a thick impenetrable layer of bio-film covering your toenail that prevents topical medications and treatments from entering into the nail bed. Research states that as you thin down your nails with an emery board or a pumice stone as described in treatment section #1 above, you gain a 15-25% increased chance of the following treatments in working for you. This means medications have to travel a smaller distance and have less resistance in the distance that they do travel. So trim your nails before the following treatments are tried!
  • Apply Vick’s vapor rub onto the affected toenails on top of the nail and around the nail edges both on the sides and on the front.
  • Then put some socks over it so it does not get onto your sheets. 
  • The goal is to rub it onto your nail every night before you go to bed.
  • It is essential that you do this for at least 6 weeks to 12 weeks minimum to eradicate the fungus from your nails!
  • The nails then need 6-9 months to grow out. This is a long, slow and painful process, just be persistent!