Listerine Treats Toenail Fungus

Word of Mouth

Everyone's got their own favorite home remedy for the common and uncomfortable condition known as toenail fungus. There are modern prescription drugs for treating this ailment, but they're not without their drawbacks. That leads people to start with other treatments, stuff they hear about from their friends, or over the 'net.

Home remedies tend to be inexpensive, and they're also pretty innocuous: have you ever heard of anyone getting liver damage from a vinegar soak?? The real question is: do they work? It seems like at least one of them really does.

Word has it that people are soaking their feet in Listerine and are receiving good results. The mouthwash got its name back in 1865, when in a spurt of marketing genius, manufacturers decided to name their product after Joseph Lister, who is considered to be the father of modern antisepsis.

Listerine has long claimed to, "Kills germs that cause bad breath," in those with halitosis and this product was the first of its kind to receive an official Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association which applauded its efficiency in controlling gum disease and dental plaque.

Listerine is affordable, causes no side effects, and has no known interactions with other treatments and drugs. That means that folks are lining up to give it a try, even though there's no scientific proof of its efficacy in curing toenail fungus. People are hearing about the treatment by word of mouth, and many swear by regular soaks in the strong-smelling mouthwash.

Green Feet?   

There aren't too many drawbacks to this method, but one to consider is the amount of time you'll need to spend with your feet in a basin. Another risk is only cosmetic—Listerine will begin to turn your skin green with extended soaking. Not to worry, the color will fade with time leaving no permanent harm or damage.

Here's how to treat your feet with Listerine:

Soak your feet in Listerine for half an hour everyday for three days straight. Wait three days, and then treat for another three days. Continue with this on again, off again regimen and be patient! Listerine may take months of treatment to effect a complete cure. If you want to accelerate the process, you can use Listerine in combination with other home remedies or with the prescription medications your doctor has dispensed for your condition.