Tea Tree Oil
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 2, 2021.
What are other common names?
- Melaleuca alternifolia
- Australian Tea Tree Oil
- Melaleuca Oil
- Oil of Melaleuca
- Tea Tree
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
What is this product used for?
Tea tree oil is used by some people to help with open sores or skin infections. Others use it to help with a specific germ called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Some people use it to help with very bad acne. Others may use it to help with things like mouth sores, athlete's foot, dandruff, or nail infections. Some people may use it to help with yeast infections.
What are the precautions when taking this product?
Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.
Tea tree oil should ONLY be put on the skin. Do not swallow tea tree oil. It can be very dangerous.
What should I watch for?
When do I need to call the doctor?
Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.
Very bad rash or skin irritation
Where can I learn more?
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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