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tea tree oil

an herbal product taken from a species of myrtle tree native to coastal Australia.
uses This herb is used topically for acne and fungal infections and has proven efficacy. It has also been added to warm bath water and inhaled for treatment of cough and lower respiratory disorders, but there are no reliable data regarding its efficacy in this instance.
contraindications This herb should not be used during pregnancy and lactation or in those with known hypersensitivity to this plant. Tea tree oil has been taken orally in the past, but this is not recommended due to safety concerns.
An oil distilled or extracted from the tea tree—Melaleuca spp—which is antimicrobial due to presence of terpineol. Tea tree oil is used topically for abrasions, acne, athlete’s foot, bites, cuts, fungal infections and, for dogs, as a flea shampoo
Toxicity Rashes

tea tree oil

The aromatic essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia, used as a topical antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal in a range of herbal medicines. Skin irritation may occur in some sensitized people exposed to the oil or if the oil is used in high concentrations.
See also: oil

tea tree oil

; ti-tree oil essential oil extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia ; 0.05-1% solution = antimicrobial; 4% solution = topical treatment of fungal infections and verrucae (see Table 1)
Table 1: Treatment of fungal infections of skin and nails
Infection siteAgent
Antimycotic agent (for the treatment of dermatophytosis)
SkinTopical allylamine (e.g. 1% terbinafine cream for 7 days)
Topical imidazoles (e.g. 2% miconazole or 1% clotrimazole for 28 days)
Topical 0.25% amorolfine
Topical 1% econazole
Topical griseofulvin spray (400 μg puff daily for 14 days)
Topical 1% sulconazole
Topical tea tree (manuka) oil
Topical undecenoate (20% zinc undecenoate + 5% undecenoic acid)
Topical Whitfield's ointment (6% benzoic acid + 3% salicylic acid)
Other topicals include: weak iodine solution 2.5%; potassium permanganate paint 1%; salicylate acid cream or alcoholic solution 3-5%; benzoic acid (Whitfield's) ointment; sodium polymetaphosphate dusting powder
Systemic terbinafine (250 mg daily for 2 weeks)
Systemic itraconazole (100 mg daily for 15 days)
Systemic griseofulvin (500 mg daily )
NailTopical amorolfine 0.25% lacquer as an adjunct to systemic treatment
Topical borotannic acid complex acid; Phytex paint (1.46% salicylic acid + 4.89% tannic acid + 3.12% boric acid)
Topical 28% tioconazole lacquer
Topical undecenoate lacquer; Monphytol paint (5% methyl undecenoate + 0.7% propyl undecenoate + 3% salicylic acid + 25% methyl salicylate + 5% propyl salicylate + 3% chlorambucil)
Other topicals: strong iodine 10% solution
Systemic terbinafine (250 mg daily for 12-16 weeks)
Systemic itraconazole (400 mg for 1 week in a month, repeated overall 3 or 4 times)
Anticandidal agent (for the treatment of candidiasis)
SkinTopical antimycotic creams (1% clotrimazole; 1% econazole; 2% miconazole)
Topical nystatin (100 000 units ± 1% tolnaftate)
Antipityriasis versicolor agent (for the treatment of pityriasis versicolor)
SkinTopical 2% ketoconazole
Topical 2.5% selenium sulphide
Topical antimycotic agents (1% clotrimazole; 1% econazole; 2% miconazole; 1% sulconazole; 1% terbinafine)
Systemic fluconazole/itraconazole/ketoconazole/miconazole/voriconazole
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In Australia some surgeons use concentrated tea tree oil as a pre-operative scrub and many modern skin-care preparations that are effective in treating acne, contain pure tea tree oil as it can be a powerful anti-inflammatory as well as its other curative and purifying properties.
Use of tea tree oil may limit antibiotic resistance.
Tea tree oil has a distinctive aroma, so it is sometimes considered an air freshener to mask cooking odors, pet odors, cigarette smoke, and dankness.
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3 Care Tea Tree Oil Cream, independent pharmacies Ease bites and treat holiday cuts and grazes with this healing cream that contains naturally antibacterial tea tree oil.
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A little tea tree oil added to bath water helps clear bacteria and clear off any dry skin from the soles.
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The Acne Treatment collection, part of the Advanced Care family, is designed with advanced acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid and tea tree oil.
The Meridian system combines soothing botanicals like chamomile, olive extracts and aloe vera with the maximum doses of two active ingredients that have been scientifically proven to clear acne: fast-acting benzoyl peroxide (10%), the leading OTC ingredient that kills acne-causing bacteria, and pharmaceutical-grade tea tree oil (5%), a soothing herbal antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory that calms and deep-cleans irritated skin and reduces redness.