|Submit Date:||21 Apr 2011|
|Browse Category:||chemical free gardening|
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|Country of Remedy:||USA|
|Remedy Source:||'Ask the Doctor', Dr. Peter Gott, Newspaper Columnist, March 31, 2009|
|More Links about this Remedy:||http://www.http://pressrepublican.com/dr_gott/x325991605/Is-it-the-camphor-that-helps|
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"Ask the Doctor", Dr. Peter Gott, Newspaper Columnist, April 19,2011
DEAR DR. GOTT: A columnist in my local paper claimed that you had endorsed Vicks VapoRub
for treatment of nail fungus. She thought that the thymol found in the petroleum jelly was
the answer. Several months ago, I tried Vicks on my minor case of nail fungus, with some
success noted. My last experience with the smell of the vapors from this concoction was
more than 30 years ago, when my children were young. I know the smell comes mostly from
the eucalyptus oil; however, it brought back another, even older memory of when I was a
child and my mother would put Campho-Phenique on a cold sore. Sure enough, camphor is one
of the active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub. Much to my surprise, Campho-Phenique is still
available at my drugstore in its pure form. Applied with a cotton swab, the camphor oil
penetrated easily under and around the nail. Twice a day, and in very short order, my nail
was clear. I would recommend using the active ingredient, camphor, full strength rather
than dealing with the petroleum jelly. Is this safe?
DEAR READER:Vicks, as well as store and other generic forms of mentholated chest rubs, has
been used successfully by many of my readers for a variety of conditions, including nail
fungus, plaque psoriasis, seborrheic keratoses, ringworm, neuropathy pain and more.
Several have written asking why this works, and to be honest, I don't know; I'm not really
concerned with the why, just that it is inexpensive, safe and effective.
Campho-Phenique is a common over-the-counter product. It is primarily used to treat cold
sores but may also be helpful for insect bites. I am not sure what you mean by
"Campho-Phenique is still available at my drugstore in its pure form." Campho-Phenique is
a prepared product. The active ingredients are camphor and phenol. Inactive ingredients
include colloidal silicon dioxide, eucalyptus, glycerin and light mineral oil.
Pure camphor or camphor oil should not be applied directly to skin. Campho-Phenique itself
contains less than 11 percent camphor and even at that level can be irritating to the skin
of sensitive individuals.
I can neither discourage nor encourage the use of the Campho-Phenique (or any generic or
store brand of this product) as an alternative to a mentholated chest rub simply because I
don't know enough about it. If any of my readers have tried it for nail fungus or would
like to, I ask that you let me know your results and any pros and cons you experience. I
will print an update when I have received sufficient reader feedback.