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Tea Tree Oil for Foot Fungus
Question: Does tea tree oil work for getting rid of athlete's foot?
Answer: Applying tea tree oil topically to the feet (typically twice daily) has been shown to be somewhat effective (about 60% cure rate) in treating foot fungus (known as athlete's foot, tinea pedis, or "ringworm" due to the lesion that can occur). Tea tree oil can be as effective as some of the older over-the-counter antifungal treatments such clotrimazole (Lotrimin). However, it is unlikely to be as effective as the newer antifungal terbinafine (Lamisil), which has >80% efficacy and is also available over-the-counter (Patel, Australas J Dermatol).
Be aware some people may experience allergic inflammation of the skin from tea tree oil.
See the Tea Tree Article on our site for more about this essential oil and its uses.
For more details about tea tree oil and other natural treatments for athlete's foot see the Athlete's Foot article on our site.