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Mouthwash: New Cheap Gonorrhea Treatment?

Update Date: Dec 22, 2016 08:32 PM EST

There may be a cheaper and easier way to curb, if not permanently treat gonorrhea and they can be found in a person's medicine cabinet. Recent experiments have shown that the regular use of mouthwash can help treat this particular sexually-transmitted disease. 

The study utilized Listerine mouthwash, produced by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., and a group of 196 bisexual men who previously tested positive for Neisseria gonnorhoeae, the bacteria responsible for the infection. Only 30 percent, or 58 men pushed through with the research in Melbourne, Australia, according to News Medical reported. 

For one minute, 33 of the 58 males were randomly asked to rinse and gargle with the mouthwash, while the rest used a salt water solution. Results showed that 52 percent of those who gargled with Listerine had only 52 percent of the bacteria in their mouths and pharynxes, compared to 84 percent of the other group. 

Further, 80 percent of the males who used mouthwash were less likely to test positive for for gonorrhea, as Medscape posted.  

Researchers also conducted laboratory test, prior to the individual testing, where diluted Listerine and saline solutions were applied to cultures of the bacteria. The result was also similar in that Listerine successfully reduced the amount of bacteria in the culture. 

Gonorrhea is a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause infections in the genitals, rectum and throat. The infection can spread through sexual intercourse and oral sex. Although it sounds deadly, gonorrhea can be treated and with the recent studies, using mouthwash daily can help curb the illness. 

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