Believe it or not, it’s possible to catch a fungal infection of the scalp. The symptoms, which start with an itchy scalp, are pretty unpleasant. Today, we’re covering the common symptoms associated with a fungal infection and how an antifungal shampoo can help.
Are you worried that you might be battling an infection on your scalp? Read on to ease your worries or find out if an anti-fungal shampoo is right for you:
Antifungal Shampoo 101
What is a scalp fungal infection?
What’s most commonly known as ringworm of the scalp (or tinea capitis) is actually a fungal infection of the scalp. It also affects the hair shafts and can result in some not-so-pleasing results. The symptoms do vary, but generally, those suffering from a fungal infection may find their scalp feeling itchy and may notice some bald patches forming as well. Note: Ringworm of the scalp is highly contagious, so it’s best to sort the infection out with the help of your doctor before coming into close contact with anyone or sharing any hair tools.
Causes of a Scalp Fungal Infection
Scalp fungal infections, like ringworm, can be extremely contagious. Infections like this are often spread by touching the skin of an infected person. Sharing combs, towels, hats, or pillowcases are all ways you could catch the scalp infection. So, you might want to think twice about borrowing your friend’s hairbrush next time.
What’s the difference between dandruff and fungal infection?
While the itchiness and flakiness associated with dandruff can be pretty uncomfortable, fungal infections of the scalp are another level altogether. While you will find yourself with an itchy scalp in both situations, a fungal infection will also result in bald patches. (Keep in mind that dandruff can also lead to hair loss if the flakes are coming off with patches of hair.)
The best way to diagnose your situation is to consult your physician. If dandruff is indeed your issue, your doctor may suggest using an over-the-counter hair care system like Re-Fresh Scalp Care Eucalyptus + Cooling Relief Shampoo and Conditioner.
How do you get rid of the infection?
An antibacterial shampoo, or an antifungal shampoo, can help you get rid of your infection. The importance of keeping the infected area clean cannot be stressed enough. The infection can spread if not properly taken care of. If you are concerned that you might have caught a fungal infection, then we recommend seeing your doctor! He or she will be able to guide you on the best course of action.