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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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toes, Comments By: charming gal. on 2010-01-05
hia, i have been using tea tree oil for three months and the toenails cuticles are now showing at last!!dont worry about the brown colour,thats the fungi growing out.its best applied after a footsoak,as the nail is softer and the oil penetrates better,i think once the years out,i will have proper nails again,yipeeee.
Shawn, Re: "Not sure anymore..." Comments By: Beach Man on 2010-01-09
The article you refer to is a classic example of bad science or lack of science. First note that the study is now almost 3 years old and there are no subsequent studies that substantiate its claim. Were there such validating studies, Tea Tree Oil products would have been pulled from the market by now or would now be available by prescription only! For a more balanced viewpoint read the following article and explore some of its Links. Note in particular the statements, "The researchers said it is possible that the boys' breast growth may have stemmed from other causes. ...
Several hormone experts have advised parents to consider the possible risk, but emphasized that it appears to occur infrequently and return to normal when the oils are discontinued."
For the other side of the story read:
For an in depth analysis of the poor science or lack of science involved, hit the active underlined Link, "totally refutes" in the above article, or go to:
http://www.attia.org.au/get_library.php?id=186 and open up the window to download the article.

Fungal Facts (& evidence based practive) Comments By: Gareth Lloyd-Hughes on 2010-01-26
I am HPC registered podiatrist - practicing full time for 17 years, with no initerests in any drug manufacturers or sales, purely NHS ... and would like to make the following points:
1.many 'fungal infections' we see are infact misdiagnosed and are simply detatchement through trauma, bruising, or simply dmaged nails - sometimes also psoriosis (there are other more rare causes)- many of these can self resolve over time and any treatment used will then get the credit.
2. Fungal infections are notoriously hard to diagnose correctly, unless you see an awful lot of them.
3.Current evidence based, unbiassed research on best (most effective)treatments do not recommend tea tree oil in any way as successful in treating fungal nail (CKS). However Terbinafine (lamisil)does work in trials - though not 100% by any means.
4. Most drugs will need to be broken dowen by the liver to then be excreted by the kidneys - this is not unusual and so tests to make sure this will happen (liver function) are not unusual.
5. if a treatment does work, you will not see instant improvements - if you do it was not a fungal inifection. nails grow slowly and for a big toenail you can expect a non active infection to take up to 18 months to grow out. If you also have damage to the nail casued seperately , then this may be a permanent feature -I have seenmany dissapointed patient wh were expecting a damaged nail to be perfect agin post fungal. Often not the case.
7. Surgery is in the vast majority of case not the answer, unless you need / want rid of a damaged nail for other reasons. removin it and then letting it (the nail) grow back is not the answer .. more likley to grow back with a permanent deformity.
6. Fungal infectons in nail are born survivors and very tough to treat, some will just persist I am afraid.

terrfic comments Comments By: Anon on 2010-02-02
maybe the BRAND of tea tree oil yo use is the difference - it is affected by harvesting and above all by storage as it is oxygen, heat and light sensitive. those who don't know what they are doing might also have bought diluted oil not the pure oil.
So in your tips please mention the brand and the strength and check that expiry date.

tea tree oil IMPORTANT Comments By: Jaque on 2010-02-18
Tea tree oil is AMAZING stuff and really does works, HOWEVER Tea tree oil also has a natural drying affect on skin and nails so make sure you are mostrising your feet regually.

Also if your concrened with any presciption anit-fungal drugs then you could try taking High strength Oderless garlic tables which is brillant stuff its:
.anit inflammitary
.and immunty boosting
ginger is also anit fungal

Hope that helps :-D

Tea Tree Oil did work for me. Comments By: E. Clark on 2010-04-18
It took a long time, like, 10 months before the fungus was totally cleared and my toenails looked normal, but I kept at it. You do see a difference after about 60 days. It takes patience but is absolutely effective.
Nails grow faster Comments By: Biotingirl on 2010-05-06
Hi everyone! Just stumbled across this page and saw that everyone is helping each other out, so I wanted to join the fun! :)

I'm not sure if this works for everyone, but it sure works for me. There's a vitamin out there called Biotin, and it helps with hair skin and nails. It should help your hair and nails grow faster. Like I said, I don't know if it will work for everyone but it sure works for me. Give it a shot!

Btw- I bought mine at costco. And you only have to take it once a day.

Hope this also helps! And again, thank you everyone!

candidiasis Comments By: disgusted on 2010-05-09
Someone commented earlier that candida can cause a myriad of ailments including autism and schizophrenia. I am a physician, and this statement has no factual basis, and in fact is completely wrong. People, please beware what you read.
worked for me too! Comments By: jeff on 2010-05-11
After applying for 2+ weeks the thickened portion of my nail just broke off and the fresh pink good nail emerged!
Complete Success Comments By: anon on 2010-05-14
I had a nail infection for two years and my toenail had fallen off.. I was taking terbinafine (lamisil) for about 6 months and experienced unpleasant side affects and no results. I started putting tea tree oil on my toenail around september and by febuary my toenail had grown back.I continued to use the tea tree untill a couple weeks ago to be on the safe side, i would like to note that the nail may not appear shiny and nice untill a week or two after you stop treatment because the oil dries the nail out. I would recommend it to anyone, In my opinion very effective.

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