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

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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!!

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...

IHeartKingThistle Mon 20-May-13 09:49:07

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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