Tea tree oil and toe nail fungus - Can this healthy oil get rid of those yellow crusty toe nails? After reading this article you'll learn how using tea tree oil on nail fungus may be better than anti-fungal drugs.
You'll also learn about other popular home remedies for toe nail fungus that may work for you.
Yuck! Toe nail fungus! It's one nasty subject, but someone has to bring it up. What can you do to get rid of it?
Well, you can go to your doctor and get a prescription for anti-fungal medications, such as Lamisil.
The problem with using a prescription antifungal is the high cost and the risk of side effects such as diarrhea, rashes and abdominal pain. It may also take weeks for the infected nails to grow out before you can start wearing your favorite sandals.
Is there another way to treat those unhealthy looking toe nails without side effects and at a reasonable cost?
Yes there is! Tea tree oil has been proven to kill fungus and is an effective way to get cleaner, healthy-looking nails.
Here are some research studies proving the effectiveness of using tea tree oil on toenail fungus.
San Francisco, USA - This is one of the gold standard studies on tea tree oil and toe nail fungus. A study published in the Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health found tea tree oil was more effective at eliminating toe nail fungus when combined with a commonly prescribed antifungal.
Researchers looked at the effectiveness of tea tree oil and butenafine (an anti-inflammatory/anti-fungal drug) in a group of patients with persistent toe nail fungus.
Sixty (60) patients with toe nail fungus for the last 6 - 36 months were split into 2 groups. One group received a tea tree oil/butenafine cream and the other group received a placebo. The treatments lasted for 16 weeks.
Researchers found the tea tree oil and toe nail fungus group experienced an 80% cure rate. And during a follow-up examination, the fungus did not return in the same tea tree oil group.
Researchers concluded that tea tree oil and butenafine is an effective treatment for curing stubborn toe nail fungus.
New York - Researchers compare 100% tea tree oil against 1% Clotrimazole (drug commonly prescribed to treat yeast infections and fungal infections) to see which is more effective in treating toe nail fungus.
One hundred and seventeen (117) patients with toe nail fungus were asked to apply either 100% tea tree oil or 1% Clotrimazole to their toe nails. Participants applied either treatment 2X a day for 6 months.
Toe nails and lab cultures of fungus were analyzed at the start of the study and throughout the study. Patients filled out a question sheet for their own assessments at three months after the study ended.
At the end of the study, researchers found tea tree oil had an 18% cure rate - almost 64% more than the 1% clotrimazole group.
The big advantage of using tea tree oil is there are rarely any side effects. One popular anti-fungal, called Clotrimazole, can have potential serious side effects:
Preliminary research shows that using tea tree oil on toe nail fungus is an effective and natural treatment.
Dr. Jean Galloway, Naturopathic Physician, offers some advice on using tea tree oil for toenail fungus:
Here's some points to remember, based on my personal experience:
You're using a natural product, not a drug. The best part is tea tree oil won't cause liver problems or other side effects common with powerful anti-fungal drugs.
You must wait for your toe nails to grow out to see permanent results. I noticed an immediate decrease in yellowing after applying tea tree oil, but the best results came after my nails grew out.
Be consistent and apply the oil everyday in order to get the best results.
I applied it first thing in the morning and at night before going to bed. I simple take a Q-tip soaked in oil and dab the nail and the nail bed. Over time, my nails looked healthier and better as the nail grew out.
Applying Tea Tree Oil
Applying Tea Tree Oil
You should remember that everyone's bodies are different and some people may get results with this treatment and others may not. I think there may be a difference in people's physiology and the type of toenail fungus they have.
While you may have success with tea tree oil and toe nail fungus, there are a number of other natural remedies for you can try. Here's a list of natural treatments that other's have had success with:
Taking a proactive approach to your toe nail fungus will help in your treatment. The most important steps to success is be consistent in your treatments and be open to trying other methods if one type doesn't work for you.
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