uses JavaScript to provide the best possible experience for our content, but your browser has it disabled. Learn how to enable it here.


Tea Tree Oil for Athlete's Foot? -- Bottle of Tea Tree Oil


Applying tea tree oil (diluted to 25% or 50% with ethanol and polyethylene glycol) 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) (Satchell, Australas J Dermatol 2002).

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.

Join today to unlock all member benefits including full access to all CL Answers and over 1,400 reviews.

Join Now

Join now at

Loading Comments…