What to know about Scalp infections

The scalp can become infected if fungus or bacteria enter the scalp through the hair follicles or damaged skin. Skin damage can result from common skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
Scalp Infection


A scalp infection/ Fungal infection is a fungal skin infection caused by a yeast called Candida. It causes an itchy, flaky rash on your scalp. Candida grow and thrive in warm, dark environments. Treatment includes shampoos, foams or ointments.

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What causes a scalp yeast infection?

A yeast called Candida causes most scalp yeast infections or candidiasis. Candida can grow and thrive in warm, damp environments. Your scalp has a natural balance of yeast and bacteria. The bacteria help prevent the overgrowth of yeast on your skin. Sometimes your body’s natural balance of yeast and bacteria becomes unbalanced. When this happens, Candida has the opportunity to collect. Conditions that allow Candida to grow include:

  • Hot and humid climates.
  • Certain personal grooming products that contain harsh chemicals.
  • Small cuts on your scalp that provide an entryway.
  • Follicular occlusion syndrome: When your hair follicles become blocked by keratin, a protein in your hair. When the follicles get blocked, they rupture and cause inflammation.

Scalp Infection/Scalp yeast infections are more common in some groups of people. This includes people who are:

  • Pragnent
  • Taking antibiotics Antibiotics can kill the bacteria that normally live on your skin, allowing Candida to grow.
  • Receiving cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy.
  • Eating an unhealthy diet, such as too much sugar and starch.
  • Experiencing stress.

Yeast infections are also more common in people with weakened immune systems. This may be because of conditions such as diabetates or the use of medications that suppress your immune system. For more visit.

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