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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 TTO for 1st time Comments By: Millie on 2010-05-17
I just started to apply the TTO, so let's see what happens. I've had this nail fungus on my big toe for a couple of years now. Thank God it hasn't spread. I will update in about a month.
Sadly Not Working Comments By: Jed on 2010-06-15
I have been applying tea tree oil twice daily for over three months now on an effected nail. I do not see any result. What next?
Used TTO to clear up bad fungal rash too Comments By: Anon on 2010-06-27
I am not enamoured with the smell, but TTO is good. I had a bad fungal rash under my breasts, bad bad, and while I was waiting to see a derm, I started to use TTO. By the time my derm appt came, it was almost completely cleared up. She gave me prescriptions, a complicated mess, but I never used them, and still don't. I just apply TTO when I see the redness and raised bumps and it goes away in a couple of days, and it stops the itching immediately.

On to the toes - I have tried Penlac for a year, and while it seemed to help a bit, but the 7 month point, any progress stopped. I had been using TTO straight before I started Penlac and I used to see my nail turn black and only the nails with the fungus turned black, and the nail seemed to look better. While I used Penlac, I did not use TTO. Now, the derm gave me a combo of Urea cream 40% to thin out the nail and Econazole Nitrate Cream 1% to treat the fungus. I use the Urea cream in the morning, the fungus cream in the evening. I did that for a while, and while the Urea cream thinned, I also had painful nails! I think the Econazole Cream kind of worked, but I have no patience for putting a bandaid on my nails. So back to Tea Tree Oil. When I use it, the nail with the fungal infection turns black in spots. I was worried, but I think it's OK, something is working. If it worked to clear up a rash that I have always used a prescription mess for, and it feels clean and is cheap and easy to apply and it stops the itching immediately, why would it not work for the nails? I think it's great to use as regular maintenance once in a while as well. I just drip a bunch straight from the bottle.

I used to use Vick's, didn't work but didn't hurt mind you, I did not use bleach and won't, hydrogen, vinegar, none of that worked, and iodine didn't work either - I tried that for months. Only TTO and this econazole and Urea combo seem to work. I think I will alternate these treatments and see how it goes.

TTO vs Lamisil Pill Comments By: TTO Purchaser on 2010-07-09
Hello everyone, fantastic forum and thanks to all that have written.

I filled a prescription of the lamisil pill (whatever the generic name is...terpetine or something). I decided to wait on trying it and see if tea tree oil works. I bought a mixture of 75% tea tree oil and 25% vitamin E oil because I have some broken skin on the tip of my toe.

I am turned off by the smell of the tea tree oil and applying it seems to spill everywhere (I am now just dipping a q-tip into the bottle...hopefully that is just as effective to apply the oil to the skin).

I am a little confused as doctors say fungus' thrive on moist enviroments, so why would oil be a good thing?? Anyhow, I am on day 2 of trying it and so far I am not seeing a change in my nail (wasn't discolored to begin with), but I am seeing a slight change in the skin at the tip of my toe which had a rash/broken skin. So far I am quite pleased w/ the results, but my apartment smells awful. It will hopefully be worth it!

Anyone try TTO from the Body Shop? Comments By: Rita on 2010-07-11
Bought TTO from the Body Shop but the label says there's only 15% TTO. I was wondering if that's too low a concentration.
trying TTO Comments By: diamonds117 on 2010-07-22
I have had nail fungus/athletes foot for almost 5 years. As a young woman I always keep my nails painted to hide it and never let my boyfriend touch my feet, its embarrassing! All the nails on my right foot are effected, with my big toe's nail almost completely separated from the nail bed. I've started using Tenactin cream and powder for the athletes foot and TTO for the nail infection, I've been putting the TTO on all sides of the nails and even under the part that has separated. Has anyone else applied it this way, or just on top?
WANT TO WEAR FLIP FLOPS AGAIN!! Comments By: ANON on 2010-07-30
I have a fungal infection to my toes for almost 5 years now. I use to wear flip flops all the time, i miss my flops. I Never really done anything about my infection until it started to look worst. I heard of the oral medication and was interested in taking but i heard of the side effects on the liver so opted out of that.. The podiatrist also told me that oral meds don't work and that i would have to have each of my infected toenail removed by laser to keep infection from spreading... and just paint over it my skin with nail polish and it would look like a nail.. I didnt want each nail removed to where it wouldnt grow back!! i then asked a classmate although it was embarrassing and she recommended tea tree oil.. so been applying tea tree oil about a week now.. see lil improvements nails are getting thinner and dont look as scarey as before...up date more later
Will buy Tee Tree Oil tomorrow morning! Comments By: Divachelle on 2010-08-01
I have been searching the internet for ideas on how to treat the embarrassing situation of nail fungus and I came upon this website. I had an ingrown toenail about 7 years ago. Once the nail grew out, the fungus set in. It looks so awful. After reading the previous comments on Tee Tree Oil, I will be running out tomorrow morning to buy the Tee Tree Oil Good luck out there to all of the nail fungus sufferers! I will let you know of my progress in the upcoming weeks.
TTO works, takes TIME Comments By: Gerry on 2010-08-02
My father has had the toe fungus for years and does not want to take a drug.

He has been using TTO for about 6 months and all but his big and little toe are normal now because he needs to keep them trimmed more and they were the worst. We use with a q-tip after shower.
I use as a preventative and I spray 50/50 vinegar/water IN shower stall, shoes and lightly on feet. Good luck. Pharmaceutical grade from Osco. If it SMELLS, its working, don't worry about exp date.

I'm having success with bleach and tea tree oil! Comments By: divachelle on 2010-08-09
It's divachelle again, I wrote in last week that I was going to run out and buy TTO the next morning--and I did!! And I'm so glad it's working! This is what I do:

1. apply straight bleach with qtip to nail and let dry

2. apply TTO with qtip to nail and let dry.

Do this twice a day. Of course, keep nails trimmed and file the top of the infected nail to help with the absorbtion of the chemicals.


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