Tea tree topical
Generic Name: tea tree topical (TEE TREE TOP i kal)
Medically reviewed on August 3, 2018
What is tea tree topical?
Tea tree oil (topical) is derived from the leaves of the tea tree and it is also known as Aceite del Árbol de Té, Australian Tea Tree Oil, Huile de Melaleuca, Huile de Théier, Huile de Théier Australien, Huile Essentielle de Théier, Melaleuca alternifolia, Melaleuca Oil, Oil of Melaleuca, Oleum Melaleucae, and other names. It should not be confused with the common tea plant used to make black and green teas.
It is not certain whether tea tree topical is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Tea tree topical should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Tea tree topical is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Tea tree topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
Before using tea tree topical, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use tea tree topical if you have certain medical conditions.
Tea tree topical is considered possibly safe to use during pregnancy when applied to the skin. It is likely unsafe when taken by mouth and it can be toxic. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant.
Tea tree topical is considered possibly safe to use if you are nursing a baby when applied to the skin. It is likely unsafe when taken by mouth and it can be toxic. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice. Tree tea topical products might not be safe especially for boys who have not reached puberty.
How should I take tea tree topical?
When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.
If you choose to use tea tree topical, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
Do not use different formulations of tea tree (liquids, oils, etc) at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose.
Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with tea tree topical does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra tea tree topical to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone takes any tree tea product by mouth.
What should I avoid while taking tea tree topical?
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Tea tree topical side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although not all side effects are known, tea tree topical is thought to be likely safe for most people when applied to the skin.
Common side effects may include:
skin irritation and swelling; or
skin dryness, itching, burning, and redness in people with acne.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect tea tree topical?
Other drugs may interact with tea tree topical, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
- Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before using any herbal/health supplement. Whether you are treated by a medical doctor or a practitioner trained in the use of natural medicines/supplements, make sure all your healthcare providers know about all of your medical conditions and treatments.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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