Tea Tree Oil (Herbs/Suppl)

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Brand and Other Names:Australian tea tree oil, cymeme, more...melaleuca alternifolia, Melaleuca oil, oil of melaleuca

Suggested Dosing

Acne

Apply 5% gel topically daily

Onychomycosis

Apply 100% solution topically BID x 6 mth

Tinea pedis

Apply 10% cream topically BID x 1 mth OR

25-50% solution applied BID x 1 mth

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Suggested Uses

Acne, athlete's foot, ear infections, insect bites/stings, lice, local antiseptic, onychomycosis, ringworm, scabies, skin surface infections

Efficacy

Possibly effective for acne, fungal skin infections, onychomycosis

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Adverse Effects

Frequency Not Defined

Allergic contact eczema

Allergic contact dermatitis

Local irritation/inflammation

Ototoxicity (otitis use)

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Warnings

Contraindications

None reported

Cautions

None reported

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: N/A

Lactation: N/A

Pregnancy Categories

A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA:Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Metabolism: N/A

Excretion: N/A

Mechanism of Action

Terpinen-4-ol has broad-spectrum antibacterial & antifungal properties

Alpha-terpineol & linalool also antimicrobial

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