Does Tea Tree Oil Work for Nail Fungus?

Does Tea Tree Oil Work for Nail Fungus?

September 16, 2019 95 By Ewald Bahringer


[Music] uncle mycosis is a fungal infection of our nails usually toenails but sometimes fingernails characterized by neal discoloration deformity detachment thickening crumbling ridging and here’s an example of what it can look like reported prevalence is estimated to be about 125 people though it’s more common in older individuals one in five over 16 like half of 70 year olds unfortunately and it’s really hard to treat because the fungus can hide deep inside the nail protect it from the blood supply on one side or anything you want to put on topically on the other so recurrence after treatment is common due to residual fungus even if you’re able to beat it back many of the oral systemic treatments can be toxic and many topical applications require long treatment courses which may limit patient compliance especially in patients who want to use nail polish or something to cover it up so given all the problems with a lot of prescription antifungals there has been renewed interest in natural remedies well if tea tree oil can affect athlete’s foot and endure fungus what about nail fungus well there was this study of a combination of the antifungal drug in Lotrimin cream with tea tree oil and preen that seemed pretty effective compared to nothing but what about compared to each other well there was one head-to-head study comparing tea tree oil with a common antifungal drug a double-blind randomized controlled trial twice daily application of either the drug or purity trial on the nail for six months debridement was performed over a few months for some of the fungal masses the bulk scraped ground off and after six months the drug only wiped the fungus out completely in about one in ten cases but looked better with partial full resolution of the appearance in the majority of patients either from the doctors assessment or the patients and the tea tree oil did just as well the two preparations were comparable in efficacy of cure clinical assessment and subjective improvement even though cost was comparable so for patients desiring a natural treatment for athlete’s foot or nail fungus topical tea tree oil is a reasonable alternative to prescription or over-the-counter antifungals speaking of natural treatments how about a truly natural treatment you know one potential reason for the poor long-term benefits of any therapy for nail fungus he said it may only be treating a manifestation of underlying disease such as generalized immune suppression or a peripheral micro or macro vascular disease maybe fungal nail infections are just a manifestation of poor peripheral blood circulation that would normally allow your body’s natural defenses to keep the fungus from taking root in the first place evidently there was a non-english language study 400 patients that looked at the relationship between blood circulation of the skin and development of fungal disease that was the title and found a greater than 50% reduction in blood flow in patients with athlete’s foot and nail fungus compared with patients without these disorders so with fungal nail infections are just a symptom of an underlying process then treatment aimed at eradication of a pathogen may be unrealistic no wonder it just grows right back a more appropriate goal then may be to just give up and live with it but wait if it’s a circulation problem why not instead improve the circulation we’ve known since the 1950 so you can effectively switch peripheral artery circulation on and off like a light switch within days by switching people between a low-fat plant-based diet and the more conventional diet that contributed to the problem in the first place [Music] you