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Listerine Mouthwash Eases Itch From Chiggers

When chiggers bite, the itch is terrible. Putting Listerine on the area can help.
Listerine Mouthwash Eases Itch From Chiggers

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.

Allergic Reaction

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.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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