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The essential oil contains turpentines that are potentially allergenic. Report on 7 cases of patients with an allergic contact dermatitis due to tea tree oil. Two of them also exhibited from a delayed type IV hypersensitivity towards fragrance-mix or colophony suggesting the possibility of cross reaction or an allergic group reaction caused by contamination of the colophony with the volatile fraction of turpentines.


Combined contact allergy to tea tree oil and lavender oil complicating chronic vulvovaginitis.

Allergic contact dermatitis due to tea tree oil was diagnosed. 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.

Tea tree oil may substitute Candida itching with allergy itching.

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