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Attacking Toenail Fungus With Tea Tree Oil


Author: Michael M.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 11-16-2004
Views: 11,906
Word Count: 181
Questions Received: 3
Testimonial ID: 479-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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If you notice fungus growing under your toenail like I did, you might want to try this. I've been doing this and it seems to be working.

1. Cut the unhealthy nail away as much as possible.

2. File the remaining unhealthy nail down as thin as possible with an emery board where the nail is discolored.

3. Put a drop or two of oil with anti-fungal properties, like Tea Tree oil, on some cotton and tape it to the affected area.

4. Leave it in place for a day or two.

5. File the nail again weekly, a good time is after a shower, and repeat the oil, cotton and taping as before.

My big nail seems to be growing out in a healthy manner, while the oil is eliminating the fungus or at least keeping it in check. This is taking about as much time as the pills to kill the fungus while the nail grows out. But this is certainly preferable to medicating your whole body while doing it and a heck of a lot cheaper, too.

Happy oiling!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: fungus — "As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."Link
2.Associated topics: fungus — "To evaluate the eradication of house dust mites (HDM)... by direct contact using the essential clove oil (Eugenia caryophyllus).... A pilot study was initiated to determine the killing power of clove oil.... SEMs revealed dead mites on the fibers.... The zone of inhibition indicated significant clearance for all the bacteria and fungi indicating greater biocidal activity when compared to the controls.... Clove oil is a promising agent for killing dust mites with a potential use in dust-mite laden mattresses."Link
3.Associated topics: fungus — "Demodex blepharitis is a common but overlooked external eye disease. The pathogenesis of Demodex blepharitis in eliciting ocular surface inflammation has been further clarified. The modified eyelash sampling and counting method makes it easier and more accurate to diagnose Demodex infestation. Tea tree oil shows promising potential to treat Demodex blepharitis by reducing Demodex counts with additional antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory actions."Link
4.Associated topics: finger-/-toe-nails,fungus,nail-fungus — "Tea tree oil contributes to the successful treatment of toenail fungus [onychomycosis]."Link
5.Associated topics: finger-/-toe-nails,fungus,nail-fungus — "Topical therapy, including [tea tree oil].., provide[s] improvement in nail appearance and symptomatology.... The use of a topical preparation [such as tea tree oil] in conjunction with debridement is an appropriate initial treatment strategy."Link
6.Associated topics: fungus — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link
7.Associated topics: fungus — "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link
8.Associated topics: fungus,nail-fungus — "Tea tree oil... has become increasingly popular as an antimicrobial for the treatment of conditions such as tinea pedis [athlete’s foot] and acne....[T]ea tree oil can reduce histamine-induced skin inflammation."Link

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