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May 3, 2001

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Question from the state of Washington, USA:

My 16 year old son, who has diabetes, has been using Vick’s Vaporub [a topical decongestant and cough suppressant, containing camphor (4.8%), menthol (2.6%), eucalyptus oil (1.2%), cedarleaf oil, nutmeg oil, special petrolatum, spirits of turpentine, and thymol] for a fungal infection on his left big toe. This seems to make it feel better for a short time, but it doesn’t seem to make it go away. Any suggestions? The local doctors haven’t been able to deal with it.


From: DTeam Staff

If the fungal infection is on his skin, it should respond to using an antifungal cream like Lotrimin [miconazole] (available at your local pharmacy). If the fungal infection involves his toenail, it likely will require a prescription anti-fungal pill for up to six months.