You know the Vicks in your toenails thing.....?

(70 Posts)
Gales Fri 12-Apr-13 09:50:32

Was recomended on here for thick yellow nails. Mine have been awful for years and the proper stuff for dealing with it us v expensive.

Anyway, as I have Vicks, nothing to lose and 3 weeks later my nails are like new!

How/why on earth does that work? And why is no-one marketing it for nails!!

Ooh didn't know about this, will try!

Moominsarehippos Fri 12-Apr-13 09:52:02

The stuff you rub on your chest? Ooooo, how much/how often?

Gales Fri 12-Apr-13 09:53:16

Yes, that stuff!. I've been doing morning and eve

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 12-Apr-13 09:54:39

Good Lord... Every day is a bloody education on here...

Details, please. smile

Moominsarehippos Fri 12-Apr-13 09:55:02

Great. I'm going to try it. My toenails are like Father Jack's.

Moominsarehippos Fri 12-Apr-13 09:55:33

Jacks' ? Apostrophe confusion there.

How can it change nails that are already disfigured? Does it dissolve them or something?

withaspongeandarustyspanner Fri 12-Apr-13 10:07:34

I didn't know this. How did I not know this?

Yonihadtoask Fri 12-Apr-13 10:14:38

I hadn't heard of this?

What the hell is in Vicks??? shock

Moominsarehippos Fri 12-Apr-13 10:14:43

Hmmmmm I haven't got Vicks but have got Karvol. Ay good? Shall I do one foot Vicks and one foot Karvol?

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Fri 12-Apr-13 10:15:38

Op, please explain. How, why, what? I can,t believe i,ve not heard of this either!

S&B is the place to be on MN what wif yoni,s ' n all.

WhatAGoat Fri 12-Apr-13 10:17:03

Tell me tell me !!

Isitme1 Fri 12-Apr-13 10:17:27

Wow. Didnt known that. Will pass that on!
Glad it worked for you!

TheAccidentalExhibitionist Fri 12-Apr-13 10:19:02

Um the proper stuff Amorolfine (sold as Curanail or Loceryl) is not expensive if you get it on prescription.

Gales Fri 12-Apr-13 10:20:34

I have no idea how/why etc, in fact that was my question!

I wasn't expecting much - the expensive ointment says it can take up to a year, but can only report what happened to my manky toes and thank the mnetter who first suggested it.

I wonder how/why someone even tried it in the first place.

BringMeTea Fri 12-Apr-13 10:21:59

Yes. It really does work. And ime, the 'proper' treatments do not and i had the expensive pills aswell as the curanail type lotions. One application showed a difference. And mine was a 20 year problem. Hallelujah!

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 12-Apr-13 10:22:44

So, what...? You rub it into the toenail once a day and leave?

What's the craic?

Gales Fri 12-Apr-13 10:24:14

I know Accidental - that's why Id been putting it off - seemed a bit trivial to go to Gp for and I couldn't bring myself to pay the full price. Even on prescription a lot more expensive than Vicks though and lots more nasty stuff in it (I think)

Yonihadtoask Fri 12-Apr-13 10:26:48

I had a bit of (what I think was) a fungal nail infection, and dutifully dabbed on tea tree oil every day for a good few weeks. It did clear it.

I wonder if there are similar ingredients which clear up the fungus ??

thenightsky Fri 12-Apr-13 10:27:17

So do you rub it into the nail or the nail bed? Will it work despite having nail varnish on? I dare not go out without nail varnish!

Ujjayi Fri 12-Apr-13 10:27:20

OP can you please provide detailed description of how to apply etc? smile

Gales Fri 12-Apr-13 10:35:08

I've been rubbing a bit into the nail and skin around the nail twice a day. I haven't been wearing nail polish

herbaceous Fri 12-Apr-13 10:53:13

I've had a couple of claw-like nails, thanks to a fungal infection, for getting on for 20 years. And, like others, didn't want to go to the GP for something so trivial. If this clears it up before the summer, I shall be buying a new pair of sandals to celebrate.

Yonihadtoask Fri 12-Apr-13 10:56:23

Even if it doesn't work, your feet will smell minty fresh! smile

Worth a try eh.

PyroclasticFlo Fri 12-Apr-13 11:03:37

Vicks has essential oils in it like menthol, camphor etc which are anti fungal and antiseptic, so presumably it kills the infections in the same way that tea tree oil (also anti fungal, antiseptic and antiviral) would do.

My Dr recommended it for DSs fungal toenail infection.

Gales Fri 12-Apr-13 12:17:42

Thank you Pyro and MrsB - makes me feel better, that it's not a completely mad thing to do and that there's a reason why it works. smile

Sonotkylie Fri 12-Apr-13 13:02:38

I've always been a bit sceptical but will start tonight!
I went to South America with a nurse once who used Vicks for EVERYTHING. Pyro has now explained why! (It worked too!)

PyroclasticFlo Fri 12-Apr-13 13:24:07

It is great stuff - I use a similar product for children called Snufflebabe which also contains Thyme oil which is strongly anti-viral (as well as anti fungal and antiseptic).

It's brilliant for coughs and colds etc. My two DSs have had hideous coughs over the holidays and usually one or both develops either croup or a chest infection after any kind of cold / cough.

This time I smothered their chests and backs in Snufflebabe every night before bed and also did the other MN-recommended trick of putting it on the soles of the feet (then putting socks on them) before bed and it has really helped. They still have coughs but much they're much better and no croup or chest infection.

I must start using it on my manky old toenails.... grin

carrie74 Fri 12-Apr-13 14:11:12

Hmmm, would it help my inevitable ingrown toenail? [grim icon]. I've also got gel varnish on my toes, I wonder if that makes a difference?

Mrsrobertduvall Fri 12-Apr-13 14:13:22

How interesting.
I never knew that.
I have just booked the chiropodist for next new guilty pleasure. Never again will I cut my own toenails.

higgle Fri 12-Apr-13 14:14:29

DH uses teat tree oil, that works better than Curanail.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 12-Apr-13 17:16:05

It's the turpinols in the essential oils in it that does the trick, they are very toxic and destroy the fungus.

Gales Fri 12-Apr-13 17:20:56

Fluffy, that makes me wonder about the sense of rubbing it on my chest!

As it seems to be well known that it's effective, I wonder why no-one is marketing the same little tub with a label saying it's for feet. Or maybe they are?

How does Curanail etc get away with being so expensive, when even the manufacturers say it can take a year?

YouDontWinFriendsWithSalad Fri 12-Apr-13 17:24:46

I've been doing this for five months and have noticed a small difference, but I'm probably only managing once a day.

ygritte Fri 12-Apr-13 21:01:00

I tried this as and it kept me up every night. It felt like I had restless foot syndrome..seriously irritating in a strange way.

herbaceous Sun 14-Apr-13 15:47:18

Ok. Been doing this for a day or so, and the edges of my nails are going black. That's normal, right?

Crunchymunchyhoneycakes Sun 14-Apr-13 22:25:47

I managed to sort out a manky toenail that curanail hadn't fixed using Vicks. Brilliant stuff.

ajandjjmum Mon 22-Apr-13 20:27:19

A week or so in to using it morning and night, and I think my two affected nails are a bit better.

Should I still be filing them down though?

Thanks smile

MrsLettuce Wed 24-Apr-13 15:10:10

I've been having a crack at this too, didn't think it'd do anything really - I've tried all sorts over the years, the tablets the file-the-shit-out-of-'em-and-varnish stuff, several sorts of cream. None provided more than a slight improvement. I've had the problem since I was a child, caught it from my mum <barf>

Anyway, yeah, I filed down the surface of the nails and reduce the thickness on the bad ones first and am keeping them as short as possible (as per all other treatments I've tried). It seems to soften the nails confused, they're harder to cut / file now 'cause they're a bit rubbery - might the vicks actually be penetrating through the nail???

TBH they do look better but I suppose that could just be the extensive filing and moisturizing. Shall persevere.

BabsAndTheRu Wed 24-Apr-13 15:15:07

Just read this thread, right I'm going to give it a go as well, 20 yr problem also. Gets worse every time I'm pregnant.

ajandjjmum Wed 24-Apr-13 15:35:48

OK - I shall file. I have to say that one the surface - after a week and a half - the two nails affected look a little better. Good luck!!

HintofBream Wed 24-Apr-13 18:58:08

Mine are so foul that, like thenightsky I can't bear not to wear varnish. Any remote chance of it working?

MrsLettuce Wed 24-Apr-13 19:20:22

Mine too Bream but TBH once they're cut short (a hairs breadth from painful), filed right down from the surface and everything is excavated exfoliated and moisturised they look more or less normal anyway. Honestly.

But no, I can't see it working on varnish, you could always wait until the autumn if you really daren't go varnish free. Mind you, you could still treat the skin around the nails and between the toes. Would probably be worth it.

Yes yes yes, it works!
I read it on here a couple of months ago, and decided to try it while it was still socks-on-winter-weather. I did it every morning.

Surface of nail improved within v. short time - a week or so, and has been getting better and better since.
Something has also been going on underneath the nail, as it not longer looks quite as yucky and disgusting.

I am continuing in the hope that it will at some point completely clear up. It's a miracle!

HintofBream Wed 24-Apr-13 20:10:11

Yes, MrsLettuce, I have gloomily concluded that I need to wait until they can be concealed in autumnal socks, but will have a go meanwhile at the surrouding areas. A bit TMIish, but when you say 'excavated' do you mean that dry powdery stuff that lurks under the nail?

MrsLettuce Wed 24-Apr-13 20:21:22

Yeah, that (but no tunneling under the nail) and the infected, thickened skin around the nail/ <shudder>

HintofBream Thu 25-Apr-13 07:57:52

Thanks MrsL, I think you've nailed it with that unvarniished info. Vicktory will be mine - eventually.

lupo Sat 27-Apr-13 23:04:52

god yes Vicks really works. I was so fed up that I started to save for laser treatment and thought I would have one last try with Vicks - didnt work last time but was only doing it once a day. This time use it twice daily with tea tree and literally smother the nails. I have also been takin graefruit oil capsules and within three weeks it has improved so much that I can wear sandals again - literally no trace but still a small amouunt under nail that you cant see when barefoot unless you peer down the nail. Soo pleased but am too scared to paint nails with varnish incase it comes back. Will wait til next summer and make sure its gone.

Justinepants Sun 19-May-13 12:53:25

Just to get back to this, as I've finally bought a pot of Vicks and I really have to sort my manky nail, how do you stop the Vicks rubbing off and over everything else? Socks to bed and not worry too much in the day time?

janmoomoo Sun 19-May-13 17:13:06

I persuaded DH to try this on his manky toenails. After three weeks he noticed that the Vicks he was using had an expiry date of 2006!!!

Anyway, he still reckons that it is starting to make a difference and has bought a new pot now.

BramblyHedge Sun 19-May-13 17:17:31

It worked for my nasty nails as well

Justinepants Mon 20-May-13 09:25:29

Jan - I did just the same but now have shiny new pot to use.
Fingers crossed then...

Didn't work for me. Someone on here said try cillit bang but I'm too scared!

randgirl Mon 20-May-13 09:59:11

This is a new one, thanks for the heads up. I do use vicks on the dc feet at night when they coughing.

Quenelle Mon 20-May-13 10:00:07

I haven't got any Vicks, would Tiger Balm work? It has the same eye-watering whiff and cold feeling when you rub it on.

DuvetHog Mon 20-May-13 12:09:17

Can you put it over polish or does it have to be a bare nail?

valiumredhead Mon 20-May-13 12:54:34

The ad at the top of this page a moment ago was for nail fungus treatment grin

MrsLettuce Mon 20-May-13 12:56:32

Valium - was it you who has all the info on henna and that other natural dye?

No idea about tiger balm. Does need to be on naked, nails whith the surface filed though.

yani Mon 20-May-13 12:57:58

<off to get a large pot of Vicks> smile

valiumredhead Mon 20-May-13 12:58:21

No not me, don't know anything about Henna grin

MrsLettuce Mon 20-May-13 13:00:54

Ach, sorry!

bedmonster Mon 20-May-13 13:10:31

I had this on my 2 little nails, the vicks seemed to brighten and condition the nails but didn't actually clear the infection. Did it for about 2 months religiously twice a day but even though the nails looked nicer, the infection was definitely still there. And once I gave up on it, pretty much the next day they started to look rubbish again. Am now on Curanail and have been using it for a couple of weeks. You're only supposed to use it once a week but I am considering giving it another coat mid-week.

EuroShaggleton Mon 20-May-13 13:36:41

I'm going to give this a go.

I tried the Curanail thing years ago. It didn't help. My nails are following exactly the same pattern as my mum's - same nails affected and everything. I'm not sure if I caught an infection from her, or if it's genetic (we both also have Raynaud's which affects the blood supply to our extremeties, which can apparently cause nail issues).

Charliefox Mon 20-May-13 15:23:50

I'm another sheep experimenter who it hasn't worked for. I think mine are just beyond all hope though.

valiumredhead Mon 20-May-13 15:39:45

Try Golden seal tincture - works a treat. I used it on my ds when he was tiny, his nail was nearly gone completely and this sorted it out.

herbaceous Tue 21-May-13 09:04:30

All those for whom Vicks has worked, did you have normal-depth nails with just a bit of white fungus, or foul, thick claw-like horrors? Mine are the latter, and while I have seen a small improvement over the past month since I've been doing the Vicks, I'm starting to lose the faith.

Any words of encouragement?

bedmonster Tue 21-May-13 11:56:24

Herbaceous my 2 nails have white patches in the top corners of the nails. I can see they have spread from being like tiny dots to what they are now. The vicks really did brighten and smooth the nail at the edge, but I really don't believe it's strong enough to kill the infection completely. I went to the doctor who wouldn't prescribe me the tablets (terbasomething or other?!) but suggested the curanail. I am using it now but am dreading it getting worse. I can imagine how quickly it will get worse and reading threads like these, it seems really hard to shift once it's taken hold sad
Good luck smile

Justinepants Fri 20-Jun-14 12:03:09

Hmm, I see that I have now been putting Vicks on my infected nail pretty much twice a day for over a year now. I guess it's not working confused.

I did take some time out last summer as I really couldn't get through the summer without painting my nails but otherwise I've been pretty consistent.

What am I doing wrong?

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