Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Listerine Treats Blisters and Prevents Infection

Yesterday I posted a quick blog about how marshmallows can treat a sore throat. Continuing my trend for this week, here’s another home remedy you might not know about - Listerine can treat blisters!

Listerine Treats Blisters

Because of its alcohol content and other germ-fighting capabilities, Listerine is perfect for treating open blisters. Dab some on a cotton swab and moisten the affected area 2 or 3 times a day. Listerine prevents infection, speeds healing, and often soothes the pain. Not right away, of course - You’re pouring alcohol into a wound. It’s going to sting. But mint extracts have a history of cooling irritated tissue.

"Don't worry guys - we got this."
The History of Listerine

In 1879, Listerine was developed as a surgical antiseptic. That means it killed the germs in living tissue to prevent rot or gangrene. Later it was used to treat toe fungus and gonorrhea. It also showed up in cigarettes.

I’m not sure who the first person was to say, “Hey, let’s gargle this and see what happens!” It might have been a distant relative of the guy who looked at the pink things dangling from a cow’s underbelly and thought, “I’m gonna squeeze one of those and drink whatever comes out!”

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