Tea Tree Oil is another popular natural disinfectant available at most health food stores, for the treatment of nail fungus.
Melaleuca alternifolia is the formal name for the tea tree plant, which is native to Australia. It is thought that several naturally occurring substances called terpenoids are responsible for anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of tea tree oil. It is these chemical substances that have been found to be effective in killing dermatophytes, the main cause of nail fungal infection.
The tea tree oil should be applied by dipping a cotton swab or a Q-tip in the oil and applying it to the infected nail and adjacent skin. It is oftentimes helpful to cover the nail with a plastic bandage so that the oil does not spread anywhere else and gets absorbed properly by the nail. Tea tree oil should be applied two to three times in a day for approximately six months or until the nail fungus is no longer visible.
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Although tea tree oil is not a “cure all” for all nail fungal infections it is something that is definitely worth trying.