In a world of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, Listerine offers a glimmer of hope

  • In a super-bacteria-riddled future, mouthwash might be a better bet to treat gonorrhea than antibiotics, according to a new study.
  • Researchers at Australia’s Melbourne Sexual Health Center tested an array of Listerine dilutions against a saline solution control
  • First in a petri dish and then on a sample of 58 men who had tested positive for gonorrhea of the throat.
  • Some men gargled saline solution for one minute, while others gargled Cool Mint Listerine for one minute.
  • Participants given mouth wash were “significantly less likely” to test positive for gonorrhea after a throat swab — 52% tested positive versus 84% of saline garglers. Read more

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ELI5: Listerine kills bacteria in my mouth, but I know it's not killing 100%. Aren't I genetically engineering superbug bad breath bacteria by using it?

A massive dose of alcohol isn’t like an antibiotic.

Antibiotics work by targeting very specific proteins that the bacterium needs to survive. If it can figure out a way to change that one protein so that the antibiotic doesn’t work anymore but the protein still gets its job done then it’s progeny will be highly resistant to the antibiotic.

Something like an alcohol solution just straight up tears the cells apart. Some organisms like yeast can deal with decently high alcohol concentrations, but it’s a lot more difficult for organisms to deal with and pretty much nothing’s surviving what’s in mouthwash (the amount of alcohol in mouthwash way outstrips even what something alcohol-tolerant like yeast can survive).

“99%” or whatever percentage they state that will be killed is due to the coverage of the alcohol. That is, it kills 100% of the bacteria it touches, and it touches about 99% of what you are trying to kill, NOT that 1% is touched but somehow impervious.

Explain Like I`m Five: good questions, best answers.

Brick wall, Waterfall, Girl you think you know it all! You don't, I do! So BOOM with that ATTITUDE! WAIT! Come back! You NEED a Tic Tac. Not one. Not two. BUT THE WHOLE SIX PACK! I'm not trying to be mean, but you need some listerine. Not a sip. Not a swallow. BUT THE WHOLE DANG BOTTLE!

Does anyone else remember saying this when they were younger? Playing hand game?I played this all the time. ALL DAY ERR DAY. Like a BOSS!