Nail fungus tea tree oil comes from an Australian tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly called the Tea Tree. It is being investigated for its abilities to kill bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses, and there is some evidence that it may indeed be an appropriate weapon against toenail fungus; tea tree oil may soon take its place beside the currently accepted prescription medications for this condition.
Causes Of Nail Fungus Infection
Other things can cause toe nails and finger nails to discolor and become thickened or deformed. These things include injury, bacterial growth, skin conditions and other issues. If the problem is not toenail fungus, tea tree oil probably will not help and you will have wasted time and money. If your doctor confirms that the problem is a fungus (you may need to have a nail sample collected and sent to the laboratory for a definitive answer), then it may be worth trying the tea tree oil toenail fungus remedy.
Nail fungus tea tree oil for fungus infections can be purchased from homeopathic and alternative medicine suppliers. In preparations specifically for toenail fungus, tea tree oil may be only one of the ingredients: in many cases it is blended with other essential oils believed to have some effectiveness against nail fungus. Other supplements to tea tree oil toenail fungus treatment include DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide), vaseline (mixed 50/50), Vicks VapoRub, iodine, and apple cider vinegar taken orally (don't take tea tree oil orally!). These treatments all come under the heading of home remedies: no scientific studies validate their effectiveness.
However, there are several challenges when using it to cure nail fungus. When used full strength, it can cause irritation to the skin around the nail. Many people find this irritation to be too uncomfortable to continue use. Another problem is that it cannot permeate the nail deep enough to reach the nail bed. Since the nail fungus (dermatophytes) thrives throughout the nail and also in the nail bed, this makes the total removal of the fungus very challenging Before using Nail fungus tea tree oil treatment, visit your doctor and get a proper diagnosis.
Nail Fungus Tea Tree Oil Treatment How It Works
But how exactly does tea tree oil work as a nail fungus remedy? Well, if it has been especially prepared as a remedy for toe nail fungus, tea tree oil will likely be only one of the ingredients in the potion, being blended with other essential oils that are also supposed to treat toenail fungus. Among other oils/liniments used to supplement tea tree oil are dimethylsulfoxide, Vaseline, Vicks Vaporub, and iodine. However, no scientific research has, till date, proven their special powers as remedies for toenail fungus.
Because tea tree oil possesses anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, it is believed that you will obtain satisfactory results by directly applying it to the affected area. It is also supposed to be effective in treating other fungal infections like dandruff and ring worm but personally speaking, I have seen little evidence of tea tree oil's ability to treat toenail fungus.