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Tea tree oil for nail fungus.

A friend recommended tea tree oil to dear a fungal nail infection. What are your thoughts?

Clinical research suggests that tea tree oil does kill some bacteria and fungi, and there also is evidence from human studies that it may clear toenail fungus. However, those results came only after six months or more of application to the nail (don't drink tea tree oil, as it is toxic).

Nail fungus can be painful and difficult to clear, and over-the-counter treatments often aren't very effective. If you haven't consulted your doctor, he or she may be able to prescribe a stronger antifungal remedy, and/or debride the nail (file down the surface) in order to make topical medications more effective.

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Title Annotation:ASK DR. ETINGIN
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Article Type:Interview
Date:Sep 1, 2013
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