Although there is no documented medical proof, many people report successfully curing toenail fungus with Listerine. It’s an affordable treatment, which you can do in the comfort of your own home.
It should be noted that, as with any home remedy, results will vary from one individual to the next. For best results, treat your fungal nail infection several times a week.
Listerine was invented in 1879, by Dr. Joseph Lister. Its intended use was as a surgical disinfectant and antiseptic. Eventually, the product was sold as a cure for gonorrhea and a floor cleaner, among other things. It wasn’t until the 1970s that Listerine became recognized exclusively as a mouth cleanser.
How Listerine Works on Toenail Fungus
Listerine works by killing off fungal spores. It contains euchalyptol, which is known for its antimicrobial properties. It also contains thymol, an ingredient used in powders manufactured to treat fungal infections.
Toenail fungus doesn’t appear overnight. It gradually gets worse over time So, don’t expect Listerine soaks to get rid of it quickly. It typically takes 3 to 6 months to see completely healthy nails.
You can either fill a small basin with enough Listerine to cover your affected nails or a larger basin with a mixture of half Listerine and half warm water to cover your entire foot. Some people report success using half mouthwash and half vinegar, but the choice is up to you.
Soak your toes (or feet) for 20 to 30 minutes. Add warm water to the basin, as necessary. Ideally, you should repeat the process twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night is recommended.
Cotton Ball Method
The cotton ball method is a quicker alternative to soaking your feet. Soak a cotton ball in Listerine. Apply to each affected nail, holding the cotton in place, for about two minutes. Always dry your feet completely, regardless of which treatment method you choose.
Treating toenail fungus with Listerine is completely safe. It’s an excellent choice if you’re worried about some of the side effects associated with the prescription drugs, often prescribed to combat the condition.
The only side effect, from soaking your feet in Listerine, is the possibility of your skin turning slightly green. Obviously, the longer you soak your feet, the more likely it is to happen.
Don’t hesitate to contact our office, for more information on treating fungal nail infection. We’re here to provide you with alternatives to treating toenail fungus with Listerine.