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Does bleach get rid of nail fungus?

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Bleach gets rid of nail fungus but is not a safe treatment; instead, an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream should be used. Many people have also reported success using Vicks VapoRub, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Bleach is a popular home remedy for nail fungus, but it's also a toxic chemical that can enter the bloodstream through the nail, according to Natural Cures and Natural Remedies website.

To treat nail fungus with an over-the-counter treatment or Vicks, the nail should be trimmed and thinned first. Urea cream can help to soften the nail before filing. Once soft, the nail can be thinned with a nail file, trimmed with clippers and treated with the anti-fungal medication.

Response to treatments may vary depending on the type and severity of the fungus. Consult a doctor to determine the best method of treatment, especially if non-prescription creams have not worked.

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