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Listerine Fights Nail Fungus

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Q. I read in the paper a few years ago to soak nails with fungus in amber-colored Listerine every day for 20 or 30 minutes. I am so happy to say that it worked!

I soaked my toes every morning as I read the paper. (In the beginning I soaked in the evening too.) It took several months, but I could see the healthy nail growing out at the cuticle so that kept me going. I now have been fungus-free for over a year!

Before the Listerine soak, I had tried prescriptions from my doctor and remedies I found online. Everything seemed to help a little but nothing cured it. Listerine soaks are the answer!

A. Listerine contains a number of herbal oils that have mild anti-fungal activity in an alcohol base. We have heard from a number of other people who have had success treating their nail fungus with Listerine soaks.

Suzy shared her experience:

"I've been soaking my toes in a 50%/50% solution of Listerine (use Original formula -- the Freshmint made my feet green) and apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes each day, faithfully. I clip my toenails once a week. I make just enough to cover my toes in a small plastic container. I put plastic wrap on the surface of the solution when I'm not using it to keep the air out, and I change the solution every two weeks.

"In six weeks, I've seen a REMARKABLE difference. The fungus stopped spreading and the solution actually seems to be repairing the damage, if that's possible. My nails are growing in healthy and they look great. I'll probably continue to use the solution periodically to prevent this embarrassing fungus from ever coming back. I wish I could tell everyone about this inexpensive and effective solution."

Not everyone benefits from Listerine, but it is inexpensive and seems to be safe. Other home remedies that people have tried for nail fungus include Vicks VapoRub, which contains many of the same herbal oils as Listerine. Some folks find that tea tree oil solutions are beneficial, and others swear by decolorized ("white") iodine. Read more here.

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Vicks work well for foot fungus too. My husband who is severely dementia so he can't care for himself. I put Vicks on his toes 2, 3 times per week for about 2 months. I saw result every day and now I only put Vicks maybe once per week and the fungus did not come back.

I had a minor case of toenail fungus and Vicks Vaporub applied morning and night cleared it up completely in less than a month. Less time-consuming than the Listerine soak.

I discovered fungus on my toe nail after removing nail polish. I tried Listerine and then Listerine and apple cider vinegar. I had some improvement, but not as much as I had hoped for. I remembered that I had some essential lavender oil that is supposed to have antibacterial properties. I thought "what the heck". I started putting the lavender oil on my nail once a day and in two weeks the fungus had disappeared.

I used tea tree oil. no need to soak, use pl; just put some on your finger and apply then go about your business. Apply every day to nails and surrounding area. It isn't long before it's gone.

After trying any number of medications for adult acne prescribed by my personal physician, I read a comment on the People's Pharmacy about using Listerine on the face. I cautiously tried it, being skeptical at first, and within a short period of time with daily use, my face cleared up for the first time in years! I used the original amber Listerine with a cotton ball dabbing gently on the areas needed. I thank the People's Pharmacy for all the wonderful advice offered over the years. Please keep your program going. Many thanks. "P"

Just a note-dealing with toenail fungus can be frustrating. But soaking in listerine/ACV or a dilute bleach solution works well. Also, I used a 50/50 mixture of tree tea oil and vicks vapor rub. Put a dab on the affected nail and cover it with a bandaid. This keeps it working all day without being rubbed off by your socks. Works great.

So I have been fighting toenail fungus for a couple years now. For awhile I had it pretty much wrapped up with home remedies (vapor rub, vinegar, lemon juice... you name it) but when I wasn't keeping up with my "treatments" it came back.

Now my nail is so bad and is loose at the root. So looks like my nail will officially fall off, I am pretty much freaking out. Will it grow back? Oh please tell me it will.

I was reading all the above posts, and I am going to try the Brewer's yeast, I soaked in diluted bleach tonight and now vapor rub is on my toes.

Please just comfort me and tell me if it falls off it will grow back.

The most effective and easiest cure for nail fungus is HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. Simply soak the affected nail in hydrogen peroxide.

Your toe nail will grow back as I hit my toe nail with the dresser when I was helping someone move it and it was a really hard bang which I think put the nerves into shock. A couple weeks later I noticed the nail was loose and didn't know what to do about it, and then it eventually fell off which took a few weeks and then it started growing back again, so it will grow back, so not too worry.

How long should one soak the toes daily in hydrogen peroxide?

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