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Toenail Fungus Success with Tea tree oil

Submitted by Nora

I have had great success with tea tree oil. My nails had been affected with toenail fungus for decades and were so thickened and curled at the top that walking was painful.

I have been using tea tree oil for a few months now and my nails are already much thinner and softer, no longer curl and are pink. I use a pummice stick to gently thin the nail from time to time before applying. Be gentle, you don't want to go through the nail, just make it easy for the oil to penetrate the nail as much as possible. The dead fungus or debris turn dark so, when you file the nail too thin, the top usually, it will turn dark and brittle. Apply the oil three times a day and go barefoot as much as possible.

I agree with others here: clean socks, vinegar baths, keeping all dead skin exfoliated all help. When you add tea tree oil, it works.

My nails look and feel nearly totally normal and I know they will soon be beautiful! I'm so happy.

Visitors comments

Tea tree oil is not "voodoo" Comments By: Hopeful on 2008-05-22
Tea tree oil is a proven anti-fungal agent. Most "modern" drugs have been derived from natural sources. The Native Americans ingested a certain type of tree bark, which has evolved into what is now called aspirin. I'm sure if "No Voodoo Medicine" was told to eat tree bark, they would think it was kooky, but that's where many medicines came from, natural sources. We've just found ways to distill them and put them into pill form. I used Tea Tree Oil for a fungal skin infection and it was the ONLY thing that cured it. I then wondered if it would help my toenails, which have been bad for many years. I am excited to try this. Not everyone has a bad reaction to Tea Tree Oil so if you do, by all means stop using it, but don't say it's bad for everyone just because you had a bad experience.
Prescription drugs for 12 months....no change Comments By: Eva on 2008-06-10
I have been taking anti fungal drugs for 12 months and cannot get rid of my nail infection....the nail has actually dropped off and regrown with the infection again! I have just started trying tea tree oil...it really feels like it is doing something - I get a buring sensation and I feel confident that it will work, so watch this space. Great to read so many success stories on line.
My approach Comments By: Chris on 2008-06-19
Lately I have been using a few things. As I speak my toe is soaking in Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide 50/50 (15 minutes daily). I started applying Tea Tree Oil on the nail with a band aid over it. I did the same thing with Taheebo and a band aid. Before I applied anything I trimmed the nail back as far as I could. Orally, I am taking something called Acidophilus. It's good against fungus.

I am seeing more color to my nail. When I shower I lightly take a brush over it to clean it and exfoliate whatever is dead or loose.

So, Taheebo, White or Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil, Acidophilus. Seems to be working thus far.

Tea Tree Oil for toenail fungas Comments By: Anon on 2008-06-24
During a routine appointment I asked my internist if she could recommend anything for toenail fungas and she suggested that I "could try" Tea Tree Oil -- I didn't get the impression she was convinced -- and didn't try it or anything else. Then about 2 weeks ago a chair that someone was helping me move accidentally landed on my toe (only momentary pain) and it caused the big toenail with the fungus to detach -- like a hinged lid. Because I could now get to most of the skin under the nail, I stated using tea tree oil and it does seem to help. Already,the nail is not as thick and that alone is a major improvement. I use a cotton swab to apply the tea tree oil to the area around the top of the nail and lift the nail and pour a small amount underneath. It's only been 2 weeks but I'm feeling very positive about the results so far.
Tea Tree Oil / Vinegar / Listerine Comments By: Anon on 2008-09-08
This sounds crazy, but I used a small paint brush to treat my toenail fungus infected nail. I applied Listerine in the morning, vinegar (18%) in the afternoon, and tea tree oil before bed. In about 2-3 months, I noticed a big improvement, but after that I made a big mistake by stopping the treatment, as I thought the rest would clear up. It returned in about a month. After that, I began again and continued until the entire nail was free of sign of the fungus and an extra month to be sure. It worked like a charm.

This solution is inexpensive, but does require a fair amount of dedication. It is very important to continue the treatment for an entire month to ensure that you have killed all of the fungus.

I also tried to expose my feet to the air and sunlight as much as possible.

Be patient Comments By: Anon on 2008-09-25
My big toenail was badly infected with fungus and the side of it was painful when any pressure was put on it. I didn't like the idea of taking antibiotics for a year, as I was told would be the only way to get rid of the onfection, so decided to try applying TTO and rubbing it in with Vaseline as another contributor suggested. The fungus stopped spreading immediately but for nearly a year the existing infection seemed to remain the same. I continued applying the TTO intermittently but eventually realised that a new healthy nail was growing underneath. The old nail is still partly attached as it isn't totally infected but I can see that soon it will detach itself. So my advice would be that if you are not suffering any adverse reaction, be patient, as it may take a long time to see results.
Tea Tree Oil cured my toenail fungus in 8 months! Comments By: George on 2008-09-28
I had a severe fungus infection of both big toes, and I am an athletic sort of guy who used to run daily and walk a lot. The nail was probably infected in locker rooms and perhaps showers. Wearing gym socks and keeping them on after a workout is probably not a good idea.

But I started applying tea tree oil on the affected toes (the big toe and the next three, as well as the baby toe. Within only 3 months, all other toes were cured. I had to make sure to clip away the old toenail as the clear, pink new nails grew out. They are still normal as I write this.

The big toe is the hardest. I had to clip it down and expose the affected areas by filing the surface of the nail, and digging out as much of the soft fungus affected nailbed as possible while showering.

After showring, I applied 100% pure Tea Tree Oil on all the nails with a Q-Tip, and within 9 months, my left big toe is 100% cured. The right nail has been cured as well, but I can still see thr last of the fungus nail at the end of the nail as it grows out. After I have clipped that away, my toes will be as clear as they were 20 years ago!

tea tree oil allergy Comments By: Yvonne Ioannou on 2008-10-02
I have been using tea tree oil for around two month. I cant tell yet if it is actually working as a new nail takes about 12 months to grow. I started with dermatitis on my hands and on my neck and now realize it is the tea tree oil that has caused it. I read on the net that is harmfull and I agree. I have never had a allergies before.
Fungus + Nail Polish and Tea Tree oil Comments By: ZEN on 2008-12-10
Ive had onychomycosis (nail fungus) for as long as I can remeber, my dad has the same issue, ive tried topical treatments in the past and had no luck, due to my young age and lack of consistiency of application YOU must Apply Every Day People, Dont complain about not seeing results if your not Committing, toenail fungus it a curse which take literally a battle to overcome and prevent.

Now that I'm 18 its starting to effect me more social (i.e. Swimming, beach, embarassment) so I recently started painting my toenails for about 1-2 months, I started to notice a non affected nail beginning to become infected, i dont know if this is due to the nail polish but i forwarn people due to my expirences, throughout my years with nail fungues nails have cleared up on thier own and discouragingly came back,

I am now trying tea tree oil as highly recommended by everyone on this form and by my physician,
Goodluck to everyone on here, and wish me luck This truly is a difficult to treat and embarassing problem.

Nail Polish + Toe Nail Fungus Comments By: ZEN on 2008-12-10
Ok, i previously left a comment about my expirence with covering my affected nails with toenail polish to hide the blemishes, with a forwarning about an unaffected nail becoming infected,

Along with reading some information from www.toenailfungus.org i quote

"Wearing nail polish is considered to be not a good idea as the polish may encourage fungal growth. The fungus is sealed beneath the toe nails in a dark, moist, warm environment that it loves to grow in. We have heard of a report that a woman couldn't get cured until after she removed her polish."

Sorry everyone, i know it is not very encouraging and some may be mad as this is the only way to cover up this embarassing ailment, but it can be causing the problem everyone wants so badly to get rid of,

Best of luck!


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