In vitro susceptibility of Madurella mycetomatis, prime agent of Madura foot, to tea tree oil and artemisinin

W.W.J. Van Der Sande, A.H. Fahal, Thomas Riley, H. Verburgh, A. Van Belkum

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Abstract

Objectives: Eumycetoma caused by Madurella mycetomatis is treated with surgery and high doses of itraconazole and ketoconazole. These agents are toxic, and new therapies are required.Methods: MICs were determined for artemisinin and tea tree oil, two natural herbal compounds.Results: Artemisinin was not active against M. mycetomatis, but tea tree oil did inhibit its growth. Since tea tree oil's prime component easily penetrates the skin, tea tree oil could be a useful agent in the treatment of eumycetoma.Conclusions: Tea tree oil is active in vitro against M. mycetomatis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-555
JournalJournal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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