Successful topical treatment of hand warts in a paediatric patient with tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2008 Nov;14(4):225-7. Epub 2008 Jul 11. PMID: 18940708
Tea tree oil (TTO) (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used recently as an effective topical application for the treatment of skin infections due to a variety of aetiological microbial agents, including mainly bacterial infections. We detail the first report in the peer-reviewed literature of the successful treatment with TTO of a paediatric patient with warts on her right middle finger. TTO was applied topically once daily to the lesions for 12 days, with a successful outcome, including complete re-epithelization of the infected areas. The case highlights the potential use of TTO in the treatment of common warts due to human papilloma virus.