[Allergic contact eczema due to 'tea tree' oil]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 1994 Apr 16;138(16):823-5.
[Article in Dutch]


In four patients, three women aged 45, 29 and 52 years and a man aged 45 years, allergic contact dermatitis due to 'tea tree' oil was diagnosed. The case of the man was published before. 'Tea tree' oils are essential oils distilled from the leaves of myrtaceous trees and shrubs occurring in Australia and South-East Asia. The 'tea tree' oil available in the Netherlands is distilled from the Melaleuca alternifolia and mainly contains eucalyptol. Eucalyptol is probably the most important allergen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Dermatitis, Contact / diagnosis
  • Dermatitis, Contact / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oils, Volatile / adverse effects*
  • Plant Oils / adverse effects*
  • Skin Tests
  • Trees


  • Oils, Volatile
  • Plant Oils