Scalp Fungus

There is a Scalp Fungus Among Us

Having a scalp fungus can be very embarrassing for someone, especially if they aren’t sure how to treat it.  Scalp fungus can be misdiagnosed because in the early stages it is believed to be dandruff.  The good news is, it can be treated and there are some simple solutions.

Having a scalp fungus can be an indicator of an internal imbalance with Omega 3’s and Omega 6 acids.  These are called fatty acids which provide a lot of moisture to the skin and are also good in maintaining a healthy balance with your heart. Omega 3’s can be found in eggs, nuts, and fresh caught fish.  The Omega 6’s can be found in seeds such as flaxseed, and vegetable oils. 

Dandruff or a scalp fungus has been attributed to a dry, flaky scalp, but nature tells us that what is on the inside has to do with shows up on the outside.  What we take into our body will directly reflect with what comes out of the body. 

To put it into simple terms, what we know as dandruff really is scalp fungus.  There is yeast like fungus called Malassezia Globosa, and it feeds on the oils that your skin produces.  When the oil in your scalp is out of balance, it begins to feed on the enzymes in your skin and causes your skin to literally shred, thus causing you to have dandruff.  Clearly, dandruff is not at all what most people think.

There are many synthetic antifungal drugs that are available today, and one in particular is known as Ketaconazole, that was specifically created to fight fungal infections that affected the skin.  This antifungal is primarily used in patients that have severe immunosuppressant disorders like AIDS.  Because ketaconazole stores itself in fatty tissue, researchers opted to leave this antifungal a more internal infection such as a yeast infection.  Other products like flouconazole and itraconazole are now used as topical antifungal treatments.

Another scalp fungus that is fairly common is ringworm.  Ringworm is usually more of a problem with younger children and toddlers.  When a child gets this it is pretty noticeable because it produces a severe itch which prompts children to scratch their head and in turn this causes redness.  The scratching irritates the area and makes it worse, so if left untreated it will just continue to spread.  Daycares are a huge problem when ringworm gets out of control.  When children scratch their heads and then they touch others they just simply spread the disease, so it’s easy to see how this can happen.  The easiest way to control ringworm is to focus on teaching good hygiene to the children.  Through the teaching of good hygiene the ringworm can be stopped in its tracks.

The ringworm of the scalp can be easily treated with a few different types of drugs.  The two most frequently used for this type of scalp fungus are Griseofulvin and Terbinafine.  The Griseofulvin is in liquid form and the Terbinafine is given in capsule form.  The ringworm is a potent fungus, so the treatment will last anywhere from 4-6 weeks.  Topical treatments are not likely to work on something like the ringworm of the scalp and here again the proof is that the healing takes place from the inside out.  The antifungal medicine would need to be taken orally to kill the ringworm at its source, making the Terbinafine a great option.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a shampoo out there that has the ability to treat this ringworm, so be sure to talk to your doctor right away.