Q. I get infections (impetigo) inside my nostrils a few times a year. This is painful and usually takes three weeks for complete healing.
A friend suggested using tea tree oil. It immediately took away the sting and sharp pain. Within 24 hours, I had healing. I continue to use the tea tree oil for a few days to make sure the impetigo is gone.

A. Australian tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is active against several different germs, including Staphylococcus aureus, which causes impetigo (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Sept. 2011). It has also been tested against a few other nasties, such as Salmonella typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the yeast Candida albicans.
We appreciate your testimonial, but caution others to test the product on the inner forearm first before putting it in a sensitive place such as the nostril. Tea tree oil can sometimes be irritating (International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine, Jan. 2012).

Join Over 55,000 Subscribers at The People's Pharmacy

Each week we send two free email newsletters with breaking health news, prescription drug information, home remedies and a preview of our award-winning radio show. Join our mailing list and get the information you need to make confident choices about your health.

  1. cpmt
    Reply

    for the ears garlic oil or extract + oilive oil .(and some plant’s extract) garlic in antibacterial, microbial, …

  2. KATHLEEN V.
    Reply

    Try extra virgin olive oil. It worked great for me, especially during the winter months when all my skin gets very dry.

  3. DS
    Reply

    Keep me posted.

  4. Caspi Adiel
    Reply

    Have you heard about using tea tree oil for chronic itching in the inner ear? Dr. Adiel Caspi, homeopath

What Do You Think?

Share your thoughts with others, but be mindful of protecting your own and others' privacy. Not all comments will be posted. Advice from web visitors is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. In posting a comment, you agree to our commenting policy and website terms and conditions.