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Nail Fungus Home Remdies: Vicks Vapo Rub vs. Tea Tree Oil


Vicks vapo rub nail fungusTwo of the most widely used Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus are Vicks Vapo Rub and Tea Tree Oil. Vicks Vapo Rub is used as a remedy for nail fungus because the vapo rub application can actually help soften the nail and allow menthol, the active ingredient found in vicks vapo rub, to penetrate the nail and treat the fungus in the matrix. The issue with using Vicks for nail fungus is that it is very difficult to keep the treatment onto the nails. Using Vicks Vapo Rub to treat toenail fungus will be ineffective unless patients are willing to tape or band aide their toes everyday.


tea tree oil nail fungus Tea Tree Oil is known for its healing and anti-fungal properties. Tea Tree Oil can treat Athlete's Foot, dandruff and nail fungus. The issue with using Tea Tree Oil for Nail Fungus is that the Tea Tree molecule is to large and cannot penetrate the nail and treat the fungus growing under the nail plate in the matrix of the nail.


 Vicks Vapo Rub for Nail Fungus vs. Tea Tree Oil for Nail Fungus

Treatment Name 

Vicks Vapo Rub

Tea Tree Oil

 Over-the-counter, Prescription or Home Remedy

Home Remedy

Home Remedy 


Published Effectiveness

 Not Clinically Tested- estimated at > 10%

Not Clinically Tested- estimated at 10% to 15%

Application Instructions

Apply directly onto nail and cover with sports tape or band aide

Apply onto nails twice a day. Wait for treatment to dry before dressing


Active Anti-Fungal Ingredient




Natural Ingredients


 Tea Tree Oil

 Side Effects

Toenails turn black, Skin irritation around nails

 Glossy finish on nail after application 

 Nail Polish Safe




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 Online Stores, Health Stores, Grocery Stores

The table above identifies some advantages and disadvantages to using Tea Tree Oil or Vicks Vapo Rub for nail fungus. Neither treatment has been clinically tested to treat nail fungus, but Tea Tree Oil is known to have about a 5%-7% higher success rate than Viack Vapo Rub.

Aditionally, using Vicks Vapo Rub has a couple negative side effects such as causing the nail to turn black or irritating the skin around the nail.


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