Mouthwash can kill gonorrhea bacteria: study

Mouthwash can kill gonorrhea bacteria: study

Stopping the growth of bacteria that causes gonorrhea may be as simple as gargling with a mouthwash, a small study conducted in Australia suggested.

The idea that gargling with a mouthwash can kill bacteria isn’t new as Listerine advertised in 1879 that the disinfectant could effectively clean floors as well as cure gonorrhea. But no scientific studies were ever conducted to verify the company’s claim.

It may be noted here that the strain of bacteria responsible for gonorrhea is also found in humans’ throat, and the new study proved that gargling with a mouthwash helps kill the germs responsible for the sexual disease.

Lead researcher Eric Chow, of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre in Australia, said, “Use of mouthwash could reduce the duration of infection and hence could reduce the number of gonorrhea cases. If the number of gonorrhea cases [reduces], it will minimize the use of antibiotics.”

Gonorrhea is a sexual disease, caused by a strain of bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Australia has witnessed the number of gonorrhea patients jumping more than 100 per cent over the last five years. In the U.S., there were 110.7 cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 people in 2014, representing an increase of 5.1 per cent over the 2013 rate.

The new study was detailed in the Dec. 20th edition of the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.