Toenail fungus isn’t life-threatening. But it can get painful, and if left untreated, it can persist for months or even years. So, it’s better to treat the infection as soon as you get it.
There are a lot of medical treatments and over the counter medicines and creams for toenail fungus. Unfortunately, the cause of this infection varies from person to person, so what works for someone else might not work for you.
Moreover, the standard prescription medicines, though effective, bring with it a series of side effects. Though you’ll mostly be plagued by nausea, weight loss or abdominal pain, you also stand the chance of facing heart, liver or kidney damage as well. Getting rid of toenail fungus isn’t worth risking any of those severe complications.
So, home remedies are your best bet, and the Listerine soak remedy is a popular remedy that’s recommended by a lot of people. So, let’s take a look at how it works in this article.
What is Listerine?
Listerine was originally created as a mouthwash. That’s right. Just a mouthwash. A pretty popular one at that. It is an antiseptic that has been clinically proven to cure dental plaque and halitosis.
But, alternative remedy lovers have also been using it as a home remedy for several health issues, including fungicide, for years now.
It has 4 main ingredients that give it its anti-fungal properties. They are Thymol, Eucalyptol, Methyl Salicylate and Menthol. These 4 ingredients are mixed with ethanol (alcohol), so everything binds together. Together, these chemicals are known for getting rid of bad breath and tooth decay.
Since Listerine has proven anti-fungal properties, it has been used as a remedy for a variety of fungal infections. But Johnson & Johnson, the company that produces this solution does not claim the solution to be anything other than an antiseptic mouthwash. This is one of the reasons it’s called a “home remedy” for fungal infections than an approved medical treatment.
The company is probably afraid of the backlash it’ll get from big pharma. That said, Listerine is an FDA approved the solution for tooth decay, and it’s known for having practically no side effects. If it wasn’t safe, people wouldn’t put it in their mouth, so there is no harm in exploring it for other ailments.
Can Listerine Be Used to Treat Foot Fungus?
Truth be told, Listerine is not listed as a treatment for foot fungus by any medical association in the world. It hasn’t been tested for foot fungus.
But, there are too many anecdotal pieces of evidence that say that it is one of the best home cures for this infection. The evidence has piled up over the years, and they just can’t be ignored anymore.
That said, people don’t use Listerine on just faith alone. It’s a proven antiseptic. It has a lot of anti-fungal properties. The ingredients used to make Listerine have properties that are present in the other effective foot fungus remedies.
Thymol, one of the ingredients in Listerine, has been used to treat fungal infections in the skin for thousands of years. Eucalyptol, which comes from the eucalyptus leaf, has a host of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
Menthol has been used as a medicine for most of recorded history. It has a wide range of medicinal properties that treat several ailments.
Just because Listerine isn’t being medically tested for toe fungus, we can’t ignore what’s in front of our eyes. It contains ingredients that have been proven to treat fungal infections.
This might not be the best solution for everyone, but it certainly has worked for enough people to be worth a try.
How to Prepare a Listerine Soak
The best way to use Listerine to get rid of toenail fungus is by soaking your feet in the solution. This is a time-consuming process though so you can resort to just dabbing the solution on a cotton ball and applying it to the affected areas.
The key to this remedy, or any home-made remedy for that matter, is persistence. Repeat the process every day until you see results.
If you want to see faster results, you should certainly choose a Listerine soak. This is how it works:
Choose a big enough tub or bucket. It should be deep enough to hold your feet.
Mix one part of the solution with 2 parts of water and pour it into the bucket. Alternatively, you can just use equal parts of white vinegar and Listerine. White vinegar has a high concentration of acids that’ll help in getting rid of your toe fungus. You could also add Epsom salt to this mixture to speed up the healing process.
Soak your feet for 1 hour. Don’t keep your feet in the solution for more than that though, because prolonged exposure to Listerine could discolour your skin.
That’s it. Repeat this simple process every day until you get rid of the infection.
Using the Listerine solution is one of the best and cheapest ways of getting rid of foot fungus. It’s an over the counter medicine, so it’s easily available.
It’s not an overnight remedy though. You should soak your feet in the solution every day for at least a few weeks or months before you get rid of the infection. But you should start seeing results in a few days.
This remedy does not prevent the infection from coming back though. So, stay out of damp places once you get rid of the fungal infection.