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Does Vicks vapor rub really help cure toe nail fungus?

Does Vicks vapor rub really help cure toe nail fungus?

NO: No, vicks vapor rub does not cure toenail fungus. What it does is breakdown the actual nail construct and make it more pilable and softer to debride/trim down. Nail fungus is actually an infection of the toenail bed and you need actual antifungal medication topical, oral, or laser therapy to cure. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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Can Vicks vapor humidifier irritate eye?

Can Vicks vapor humidifier irritate eye?

verymild irritation: Nothing to worry about. Best to close your eyes if you are bothered. ...Read more

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Can I use Vicks vapor rub on any humidifier?

I don't advise it: This product is marketed with the idea that stinky medicine smell is therapeutic. It replicates the aroma therapy indian tribes uses in sweat lodges with pine pitch. I don't recommend it for kids under 2 as the smell often aggravates congestion. ...Read more

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Will vapor rub treat a toenail fungus?

There have been : Anecdotal claims but no medical studies to my knowledge. ...Read more

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Is smelling Vicks vapor rub ok while pregnant?

Is smelling Vicks vapor rub ok while pregnant?

Don't eat it: Vicks vapor rub (camphor, menthol, eucalyptus) used as directed has not been associated with poor pregnancy outcomes. Almost no medicines are known to be definitely safe in pregnancy because no clinical trials can ethically involve pregnant women, but this one is widely considered to be of acceptable risk in pregnancy when needed. Neti pot or steaming up the bathroom/shower is safe. ...Read more

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Can you use Vicks vapor rub while pregnant?

Can you use Vicks vapor rub while pregnant?

No problems: Generally it is considered safe....In fact Vicks makes a similar product for babies. Don't forget to use a humidifier and nasal saline spray....They can both work well for congestion. The main things to avoid are products with alcohol or decongestants like sudafed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

Age ??: Early infancy is marked by marked sensitivity to irritants ; dependence on narrow nasal passages for breathing. Later childhood employs mouth breathing to bypass much of the congestion. I hate Vicks steam; consider it air pollution. A lifestyle audit to eliminate any odors/irritants in a kids sleeping area + humidity or steam as long as the measured humidity. ...Read more

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How long may i apply Vicks vapor rub beneath my nose as a decongestant?

How long may i apply Vicks vapor rub beneath my nose as a decongestant?

Vicks: No limits on this natural decongestant, just that its effects seem to wear off quickly and therefore you may need to reapply often. ...Read more