Does Listerine Help With Toe Fungus?


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Listerine is not verified by the FDA or the medical community to treat toenail fungus. However, many people have successfully used it as an alternative remedy for toenail fungus, states Dr. Michael Barrett, DPM of Lasar Nail Fungus Treatment. Not enough research has been done to verify its effectiveness.

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Since nail fungus is a chronic problem, curing it usually requires long-term treatment with prescribed medication. While there have been many testimonials from people claiming that applying Listerine to the infected nail has cured their nail fungus, not enough research has been conducted to prove its effectiveness, according to Dr. Michael Barrett. Listerine contains menthol, camphor and Eucalyptus ingredients, which have been known to help lighten the infected nail so that it looks better, although this doesn't necessarily mean that the infection is cured. The fungus infects the nail bed, not the actual nail, and can re-infect new nail growth.

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