Nail fungus is caused by fungi called dermatophytes. Causes, symptoms and treatment of toenail fungus are discussed in previous post. Still, if you’re looking out for most effective yet home available medicine then go for Vicks VapoRub.
Vicks VapoRub has thyme as ingredient which has potential to cure fungus. For the first time when we heard about this medicine we thought it can be possible or it can just act like a first aid. But we were wrong! New York Times took this seriously and started a test where they found that yes thyme has capability to do this job.
A small excerpt from regarding study carried out.
Scientists tested the antifungal effects of the ingredients in a generic medicated chest rub. Of the seven ingredients, thymol was among the most effective at inhibiting the growth of dermatophytes that cause nail fungus.
Not only in humans but in animals also thymol was effective against dermatophytes. (source)
Joe and Terry Graedon, authors of the popular People’s Pharmacy books on alternative remedies, suggest coating Vicks VapoRub to fungus affected nail twice a day.
Though toenail fungus is not life threatening disease but can make you uncomfortable. According to New York Times 15% of Americans are affected by nail fungus.
There are zero chances of any risks here. Anyway sometimes in rare cases, when applied to skin can trigger itching and rashes.