The “Candida” fungus is present in all of our bodies.

In certain circumstances, it can take root in different places or organs, spreading as if it were an “infection”. This infection becomes visible through the presence of a “white” discharge or some other infected material (in the case of the toes, a yellowish coloration of the nail).

Candidiasis is the “infected” state of the fungus, affecting everything from dandruff to vaginal yeast discharge.

While there is nothing wrong from a purely health perspective, the underlying condition is often unsightly and can lead to further complications if left untreated.

Most importantly, the infection probably won’t go away on its own. This means that if you have athlete’s foot (another form of yeast infection) or some other Candida-based infection, you will usually have to work very hard to clean it.

The solutions are actually quite plentiful … “Tiger Balm” (a more powerful Vicks Vapor Rub) is one of them.

First of all, the important thing to keep in mind is that there are two types of Candidal infection. It can get a growth on the surface of the skin or it can become embedded inside the skin. The type you have determines the remedy.

Second, ALL Candida responds in the same way to different remedies. The only difference is in accessing the root cause of the problem. If you have an embedded infection, it will usually require direct access through the top layer of your skin (hence the reason laser treatments are used for toenail fungus).

The point is that if you can access the infection (either on the surface of the skin or nearby), you can apply the active ingredient directly on it. In the case of the “cottage cheese” type substance for most yeast infections, this means you can apply anti-dandruff shampoos, yogurt, or “Vicks Vapor Rub” to essentially remove the fungal spores. This will be quick and painless.

If you have an embedded infection (heels / toenails / vagina), you need to be careful what you end up doing. Specifically, if the infection is below the surface of the skin, you must remove the top layer to hit the fungus directly. This is where the likes of Tiger Balm come into play.

Tiger Balm is nothing special. It’s just a more potent Vicks Vapor Rub without the eucalyptus. The most important thing is that it is powerful. Really powerful. And hurts.

Basically, the cream tricks your brain into “numbing” the pain receptors in your body. Creates an “ice heat” – GREAT for muscle injuries, but basically means you should expect some discomfort when wearing it (look for Tiger Balm on YouTube for more information).

To this end, if you want to get rid of a toenail infection, you must first be able to get rid of the surface layer of the nail. The best way to do this is to file or apply a cream to soften the nail before attempting to remove all the infected layers from the top.

Once you have removed the “crunchy” layer from the nail, you should use products like Tiger Balm to remove the infection directly. Again, this may hurt, but you have to be absolutely stoic in your application – put it all over your nail to get rid of it completely. If it works, the new nail that forms should be completely “fungus free”.