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A Quick Tip For Brighter Nails

Let's say, hypothetically, that you're a hypochondriac who lives in fear of nail fungus. And hypothetically, you thought you might have it, so you feverishly sought out home remedies. But as it turned out, you didn't have fungus, but one of the cures made your toenails look healthier and more foot-modelesque. Hypothetically, you'd be a genius of cosmetic podiatry.

As it turns out, the cloud of my hypochondria has a silver lining. One folk cure for nail fungus involves cleaning your feet, then slathering your toes with Vicks VapoRub ($4.99) and slipping on socks overnight. I can't attest to whether it works for nail fungus, but it did make my toenails look shinier and whiter after just a few nights. The drawback: With the scent of the ointment wafting from your sock-covered feet, you will feel about as sexy as Tucker Carlson hot-rodding in an AMC Gremlin — which, incidentally, is a hypothetical scene I'd pay good money to see in real life.

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roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
i havent tried it for my feet, altho it's now on the mental list. BUT... (and i hate to admit it) its amazing if you have a problem scalp (dandruff or psoriasis)... rub it in, leave it on overnight & wash it out! i SWEAR it's amazing how it helps! HEAD TO TOE vicks vapor rub... who'da thought?
chawesome chawesome 9 years
lol, my grandpa uses vicks for everything. no wonder.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
oooh i'm gonna try this !!
theglossarie theglossarie 9 years
LOVE! I am the worst at leaving nail polish on for too long...
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I read about this earlier this year on the Zappos web site. I enjoy it!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Maybe for a single girl.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
awesome tip!! thanks Bella!
Advah Advah 9 years
Tried it last night and it worked! :)(and I love the smell) Oh and I used the Boots version of Vicks, not the original brand, looks like it worked anyway.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
if i can find some vick's in my bathroom, i'm gonna try this. i think the menthol might make my feet feel refreshed.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
This was funny. I hate the smell of Vicks though.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I do this!
kahribar kahribar 9 years
Good stuff! Thanks
Kaori Kaori 9 years
Huh. i don't mind the smell so Imma give this a shot sometime...
emalove emalove 9 years
I wish I could try this, but the scent of Vick's literally nauseates me.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
that sounds like a good tip to try out. i think i can handle the vapor rub smell.
littlewing littlewing 9 years
great tip - DEF going to give this one a try! hopefully my boyfriend won't think I'm a weirdo slathering vaporub on my feet....
Monoka Monoka 9 years
did not know that :)
motherhelen motherhelen 9 years
What a timely post! I just went to my doctor yesterday because I was concerned about nail fungus. Her recommendation? Vicks Vapo Rub. I figure I'll give it a try since the oral medication can cause liver damage.
Coquiteen Coquiteen 9 years
I made my mom try this remedy 3 weeks ago and it cleared up the fungus on her toe nail. This is the first time I have ever seen her toe nail clear up from the infection. lol just in time for the summer i guess.
cookie23 cookie23 9 years
I may have to try this out
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I could maybe see doing this in winter when it's cold out, but for some reason wearing socks with Vick's in them during the summer when it's like 90 degrees out isn't appealing :P
highwayfive highwayfive 9 years
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carrieann9016 carrieann9016 9 years
I might have to give that a try!
0037sammie 0037sammie 9 years
who cares? The smell will wash long as it works, right?
theregoesmygun theregoesmygun 9 years
"... as sexy as Tucker Carlson hot-rodding in an AMC Gremlin — which, incidentally, is a hypothetical scene I'd pay good money to see in real life." Clearly you have issues. Who would pay for that? Tucker Carlson hot-rodding in a 1968 Ford Mustang GT, however... Seriously, though, I don't know from fungus, but if you want to whiten your nails, just use a good nail whitener.
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