Usually used to help prevent gum disease and cavities, Listerine has many other applications other than oral health. Its active ingredients, menthol, and thymol are known for their antifungal qualities, which makes this solution an interesting option for treating fungal infections.
But, can you really use Listerine to treat fungal infections?
Research Results and Recommendations
Unfortunately, there isn’t a big body of research that would prove Listerine’s effectiveness against fungal infections. A study by the State University of New York at Buffalo found that Listerine could be effective against these infections in people with autoimmune diseases. But, this study focused on fungal infections of the oral cavity, so the same may not apply to other infections.
Another study showed that Listerine has a strong bactericidal effect against Candida albicans – a yeast that is responsible for common fungal infections. But, like the previous study, this one explored only fungal infections of the mouth.
How to Use Listerine to Treat Fungal Infections
If you want to try Listerine foot soaks, here’s how to do it.
- Fill a tub or a foot spa with Listerine and two parts of warm water;
- You can also use the same amount of white vinegar, as it also might help treat fungus due to its high acidity levels;
- Soak your feet for 45 minutes to one hour at a time.
Although more research is needed to confirm the potential of using Listerine to treat fungal infections, the first results and its effectiveness against Candida albicans look promising. However, have in mind that there are many other medications whose effects have already been proven. If home remedies fail to clear up your fungal infections, you should contact your doctor so he or she can provide you with a treatment plan.