What is the Evidence for Tea Tree Oil in Treating Toenail Fungus?

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What is the Evidence for Tea Tree Oil in Treating Toenail Fungus?

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Actual clinical trials of tea tree oil are few. There have been some older clinical trials looking at the effectiveness of tea tree oil in humans. In one trial, a randomized controlled trial examined the use of 25% tea tree oil solution, 50% tea tree oil solution, or placebo in 158 people with athlete’s foot. After applying twice a day for 4 weeks, the two tea tree oil solutions were found to be significantly more effective than placebo. Among those using the 50% tea tree oil solution, 64% were cured, compared to only 31% among the placebo group. There were no significant side effects. The Journal of Family Practice published the results of a randomized controlled study of tea tree oil for treatment of nail fungus. The study focused on the twice-daily application of 100% tea tree oil versus 1% clotrimazole solution (a topical antifungal medication) in 177 people with toe nail fungus infections. 6 months in to the study, the tea tree oil was found to be as effective as the topical antif

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