Tackling Fungal Dandruff in the Best Way

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Dandruff is a common condition that makes your scalp feel itchy and you can notice visible white flakes across the hair. One out of every five people suffers from dandruff. There can be a variety of causes for dandruff such as stress, dry skin, sensitivity to hair care products, and pollution but fungal dandruff is specifically caused due to a fungus called Malassezia. It feeds on the oils on your scalp and you will notice flakes which are dead skin cells that accumulate on the scalp or even shoulders.

Read this article to find out more about fungus related dandruff.

What are the Symptoms of Fungal Dandruff?

Some of the common symptoms of fungal dandruff are:

  • Swollen or inflamed scalp
  • Red and itchy patches on the scalp
  • Scaling and flaking is spreading to other parts of your body, like eyebrows, beard, and shoulders.

Useful Ingredients for Fungal Dandruff Treatment

Once you know for sure that you have a fungal infection on your scalp, it will become easier for you to find a solution. Here are some of the ingredients you must consider to alleviate your symptoms:

1. Aloe Vera

The gel derived from this plant is used as a traditional medicine in many countries; you will also find it as the key ingredient in most skin and hair care products. The gel has a cooling effect, it can soothe irritation on the scalp, it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to stop the growth of certain fungi. Aloe vera not only treats itching and dry scalp but can also control excess oil build-up.

2. Neem 

This ingredient can do wonders for your hair and scalp. It has antifungal properties and fights off fungal dandruff. You can use neem hair packs, neem juices, pastes, etc., regularly to see results.

3. Curd

Owing to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, curd can be a great solution for dandruff. It is also enriched with vitamins B and D as well as fatty acids – this helps nourish as well as moisturize your hair. Apply curd on your scalp, leave it for 15 minutes, and rinse. With regular use, you’ll be able to see the results.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar 

This household ingredient is acidic in nature and helps control the alkalinity of your scalp and helps maintain the pH of your scalp and hair. The apple cider vinegar has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that could help in getting rid of dandruff. 

However, while using these ingredients, in any form, you must always be careful with the quantities, and preferably do a patch test before use. 

Some Other Ways to Get Rid of Fungal Dandruff

There are more ways that can work as a remedy for this condition:

  • Use a Ketoconazole shampoo which is effective against dandruff-causing fungus.
  • Medicated shampoos that contain antifungal ingredients are easily available and must be used to treat dandruff fungal infection.
  • Tea tree oil is known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, using it can help eliminate dandruff.


Fungal dandruff can be itchy and uncomfortable but it is treatable with antifungal medications and many at-home remedies. The condition typically gets better in a few days but if it does not, you must consult a dermatologist. The doctor will examine your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment option for you. Leaving your condition untreated can cause severe damage to hair follicles, permanent hair loss and more serious health consequences.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Is it possible for fungal dandruff to spread from one person to another?

Ans. No, fungal dandruff does not spread from one person to another.

Q2. How much time does it take to get rid of fungal dandruff?

Ans. If you have started an antifungal treatment, you can expect fungal dandruff to clear up within two weeks. Some yeast infections may take longer and if your condition is severe, it may take up to two months to go away.

Q3. How can I prevent fungal dandruff?

Ans. You can prevent fungal dandruff by keeping your scalp clean and exfoliating the scalp once or twice a week.

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