Q. I am intrigued by the unusual ways people use Listerine. Every summer, I am plagued with itchy chigger bites. After reading that Listerine could relieve shingles pain, I tried applying it to the bites.
This is the most helpful remedy I have ever used. The itching stopped immediately and did not resume. The bites healed quickly. Thanks for a terrific idea.
A. The herbal ingredients in Listerine (thymol, eucalyptol, menthol, methyl salicylate) have both anti-fungal and anti-itch properties. This may explain why applying Listerine Mouthwash to the scalp or the skin can relieve dandruff or itching.
Dermatologists tell us that itching is an allergic reaction to the chiggers’ secretions. Doctors sometimes prescribe a dab of a topical steroid such as Lidex or Temovate.
We don’t know why or how Listerine might work, but if it does, so much the better.
Other readers have been enthusiastic about Listerine for lice, dandruff, nail fungus and shingles.