May 3, 2001
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.
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.