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Brand Names:

Generic Name: tea tree topical (Pronunciation: TEE TREE TOP i kal)

What is tea tree topical ()?

The use of tea tree topical in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

Tea tree topical is also known as Melaleuca alternifolia and tea tree oil.

Tea tree topical has been used for cuts, stings, acne, and burns.

Tea tree topical has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of tea tree topical may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were 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 have uses other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of tea tree topical ()?

Although rare, allergic reactions to tea tree topical may occur. Stop using tea tree topical and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.

Skin rash has been reported infrequently with the use of tea tree topical. Contact your doctor or health care provider if you develop a rash or other skin irritation with the use of tea tree topical.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about tea tree topical ()?

Tea tree topical is intended for external use only. Do not ingest tea tree topical products.

Tea tree topical has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of tea tree topical may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

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