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. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2008.05.003. Epub 2008 Jul 11.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Fingers*
  • Humans
  • Papillomavirus Infections
  • Tea Tree Oil / therapeutic use*
  • Warts / drug therapy*


  • Tea Tree Oil