Nail Fungus And Listerine


Listerine Can Help Cure Nail Fungus

Although Listerine is well known as a superior germ-killing mouthwash, it has many other uses including treatment for nail fungus. Many people have reported that their nail fungus problem is cured by soaking their foot or finger in Listerine.

Listerine can be used like any other soaking solution such as hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, etc. Some people add a tiny bit of household bleach to the soaking solution. Either powdered bleach or liquid bleach may be used. It generally takes a few months of using Listerine before the nail fungus is cured. For best results, the fungus sufferer must soak his or foot in Listerine at least thirty minutes each day.

Although this treatment is generally effective it is a very slow method of treating the nail fungus. You may have to use this treatment for several months before the nail fungus infection is completely cured. However, you should have almost immediate relief from the itchiness, pain and swelling that often accompany nail fungus infections.

Skipping the treatment for even one day can slow down the healing process. The treatment must be continued until the nail begins to look healthy and not discolored or disfigured. For more info see

Some people say mixing vinegar to the Listerine solution brings results much faster.
Vinegar creates and acidic environment in which fungi cannot thrive. Vinegar almost instantly relieves the itchiness that is associated with nail fungus infections. Any type of vinegar will work but most people use regular white vinegar. Some people take two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar by mouth twice a day to help prevent and cure nail fungus infections. Because the taste of apple cider vinegar is offensive to many people, it is often mixed with fruit juice before it is put on the spoon.

Rather than soaking in the Listerine and vinegar mixture, some people simply paint it over the affected nail to get the desired results. While there is no scientific evidence to back up Listerine’s role in treating fungus infections, it is not likely to do harm and it is a cost effective way to address the problem. Prescription medications to treat nail fungus often cost 8-10 dollars per day and that become very expensive if the nail fungus lingers. Given the expensive of prescription medications, Listerine for nail fungus is certainly worth a try.

Amanda Fain

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podfinch January 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

toe nail fungus treatment with listerine?
I am looking for a cure for toe-nail fungus. I have read online about home remedies..including soaking in Listerine that works. My question (I have tried this) Should I soak my toes in Listerine that has a specific *fluoride* treatment? This seemed to work best, but I am aware of the dangers of fluoride.

leslie S January 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Whatever works for you. Chemists that have checked out the claim about Listerine say it is the old brown stuff that works. That is because of some of the herbs, like eucalyptus, combined with the alcohol.
Putting your feet in a fluoride mix will not hurt in any way. So if it works it works, if it doesn’t and you still want to try Listerine get the brown stuff.

Lot of people also use apple cider vinegar. You could use any kind but apple cider kind smell a little better and some claim it softens the skin also.
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Pixton January 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

My grandpa soaks his feet in Listerine and his feet look fine. Other than being old. He’s been doing it for a while so I doubt there’s anything that could happen.
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Mrs. Edward Cullen January 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm

thats plain nasty. keep your feet cleaner weirdo!
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namairb2 January 31, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Fluoride wouldn’t have anything to do with it, but I guess because of the germ killing effects it would have why wouldn’t Listerine work I might try a generic mouth wash with the same ingredients so your not paying for the brand name.If that doesn’t work after 7-10 days it’s not going to.At that point you might want to see a podiatrist so he can give you the right stuff for whatever fungus you have.As you might know make sure you’re disinfecting your shower/bathtub or you will re-infect yourself.Toe-nail fungus is contagious.
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