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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.

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Trying Tea Tree Oil with great hopes! Comments By: Isis on 2009-04-20
I've been infected for about three years on my big toe. My other toes on the same foot have a small infection. I've tried soaking it in Listerine alone, didn't work, I tried soaking it in a water/bleach solution, didn't work, and I tried the vics and bandage...little results. I must inform that I was not persistent with all, only the vics. I would put vics at night and cover it with a bandage. Then I would put minced garlic in the day and cover that with a bandage. The garlic irritated the skin around my nail, but seemed to be doing the nail good. My husbands sister had an infection years ago, but I was too embarrassed to ask her for advice...but I saw tea tree oil in her room. I was told a long time ago that I can use it, but was recommended using grape seed extract. I used the grape seed extract but no improvement. I do file the nail down, it is yellow, half of it is missing, and if I don't treat it with anything, it hurts. I am female and as summer is fastly approaching, I would love to feel confident about showing my toes again. I'm using now the vinegar/peroxide solution followed by bleach, followed by tto and petroleum jelly. I do not soak my foot in the solution for more than a minute-see the other recommendations to get exact treatment. Just started today. Will update shortly.
tea tree oil for nail fungus Comments By: kate on 2009-05-08
hi! i developed fungus under both of my big toe nails over the last month, and it seems to be progressing worse pretty quickly. they've also been hurting me a lot and have light and dark stripes across them and kinda yellow near to top. however the surface is still somewhat smooth. i started using tea tree oil a couple of days ago, but i wanna know if u still have to file the surface of the nail if it is smooth. and there's only one other person that has mentioned about pain so far which worries me too. is anyone else in pain also?
pain under a fungal toenail Comments By: Jean M. on 2009-06-05
I have just started using tto so cannot comment on a cure. I can however say that I too have pain under the nail. Have been using Fungi Cure for several months with not even a glimmer of success. Glad for the info on not getting pedicures and will stop(even tho I hate to). Will be back to comment on any success as soon as I see any signs.
Fingernails? Comments By: Mike on 2009-06-10
Does this treatment also work on fingernails?

TipKing says: Worth a try!

Tea Tree Oil Comments By: Richard on 2009-07-25
Some posting are suggesting that Tea Tree Oil is like some VooDoo medicine. It is actually scientifically proven to fight bacterial infection and in used in many types of modern medicine. I am using it for toenail fungus for 3 months now and have noticed a huge difference, I think you just have to have some patience as toenails grow very slowly
Been trying TTO for about 10 days now Comments By: Stacey on 2009-07-29
Glad I found this page, many people seem to be getting results from tea tree oil. I have had fungus for over a year now on both big toes, kept it at bay w a generic Rx creme (cilcopirox .5%), well dont waste ur money on that for a toe fungus, its not strong enough. Then my dad (who also has toe fungus) gave me a Rx to try of Penlac,ciclopirox 8%) and was using that for about 1-2 weeks. Well last week I decided to get some TTO, and begin to use that in addition to the other, and its kinda too soon to say for sure but I think my toes are looking better after only 10 days of use! The color of the nail seems to look whiter and not so yucky yellowish, also the fungal areas seem to be getting lighter in color. So far I have had no skin reactions to TTO, I apply it twice a day w a qtip over the entire nail and some skin around it. I really think the nails are looking better, I truly have high hopes for TTO and will keep you posted, and remember, you cannot wear nail polish, it is occlusive. :(
please dilute tea tree oil Comments By: Robert Kelly on 2009-08-01
If you are going to use tea tree oil on your skin and toenails then it has to be diluted. A 20% tea tree solution in water and then mix as you need the solution (the oil remains on the surface of the water).
Tea tree is a natural form of turpentine and has proven anti-fungal/anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties. But it MUST be diluted otherwise your skin may react. It's powerful stuff! and yes - it really does work on toenail fungus and athletes foot. If you persevere you will see the results in time and NO side effects.
THe diluted form can also be used to help treat menieres and ear infections with a couple of drops in the infected ear canal.

Not sure anymore about Tea tree oil Comments By: Shawn on 2009-08-03
Hi, I was about to try Tea tree oil for my toe nail but after some research found this article which has rather put me off.

I know that today you can find any opposing views on any subject so I was wondering if anyone had views on this?


It Works, Just Wait a Few Months to a Year Comments By: An Expert on 2009-08-06
I think it's funny that people fantasize they have a small sign of improvement after a week of treatment. Get real.

I gave it a try with 100% pure TTO. I applied occasionally on a daily basis for 2-3 weeks before misplacing vial of TTO. 2 months later I noticed a huge improvement with no discoloration and a lesser thickness on edge of nail. The nail fungus is nearly gone, but has stayed that way for over a month so will need to continue to apply TTO until last bit is gone.

This is powerful stuff, no need to apply it 3x a day. You want to occasionally apply it as nail grows out. This takes time so be patient. I am confident from trying other treatments prior to TTO that it can be used alone and successfully work.

itchy Comments By: anon on 2009-08-15
iv bin using tto for 4 weeks now and am seeing an improvement on my infected big toes, but i now seem to be suffering a reaction - tiny spots and very, very itchy toes, now wot do i do - help

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