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Can a hair sample/culture determine whether or not you have scalp fungus?

Can a hair sample/culture determine whether or not you have scalp fungus?

Scalp fungus: A culture is costly and unnecessary. It is possible to do a microscopic prep to visualize fungal structures. However, a competent doc can usually recognize fungal lesions. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Should I wear gloves when helping someone with their hair, that I strongly suspect has scalp fungus? Can you catch it from hugging someone who has it

Should I wear gloves when helping someone with their hair, that I strongly suspect has scalp fungus? Can you catch it from hugging someone who has it

No unless you are: Immunocompromised. Washing the hand after treating the hair and touching/ hugging some one cleanse the hand and skin. If there is open wound then there is different story. ...Read more

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Scalp fungus area behind my head hair looks like it won't grow someone pointed out it could b stress or fungus.

Scalp fungus area behind my head hair looks like it won't grow someone pointed out it could b stress or fungus.

In-person visit: Your best information would come from either your primary care physician or possibly a dermatologist looking at the area you're concerned about. ...Read more

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After fungus infection and red scalp hair should grow up again? Thanks for your help, you're awesome

After fungus infection and red scalp hair should grow up again? Thanks for your help, you're awesome

Yes: After a fungal infection of the scalp has been successfully treated the hair should definitely regrow unless another issue was involved. ...Read more

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Fungus infection on scalp what can I do to stop hair loss.

Fungus infection on scalp what can I do to stop hair loss.

Treat the infection: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, etc, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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Rapidly losing hair on middle front scalp due to antipsychotic usage and antidepressant usage. Would application of micronazole fix it? Is it fungus?

Rapidly losing hair on middle front scalp due to antipsychotic usage and antidepressant usage. Would application of micronazole fix it? Is it fungus?

First: Talk To your doctor about other causes. To my knowledge hair loss would be a rare side effect only with antidepressants and antipsychotics. Please explore a more common cause first which will dictate a different approach to treatment. ...Read more

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How does culture process in a lab work as far as looking for fungus in a hair sample? How does it work and why does it take a month?

How does culture process in a lab work as far as looking for fungus in a hair sample? How does it work and why does it take a month?

See below: One does not need culture to detect fungus on a hair sample. It can be detected by UV light examination of hair. Hair is usually not cultured, but if it were it does not take more than a week for the results. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can you get fungus in your perm hair?

Can you get fungus in your perm hair?

Unlikely: Am not entirely sure what you mean but it is not usual to develop fungal infection in hairs because they have undergone permanent wave treatment. ...Read more

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I lost my beard hair. Then how to know that I have fungus or alopeaaretia?

I lost my beard hair. Then how to know that I have fungus or alopeaaretia?

Could try treating: You could perform "an empiric trial", that is try to treat with antifungal cream, locally, the areas in question, and see if the hair returns. It won't be immediate, you should be patient after treatment and wait possibly a month or more. It is more likely to be fungus if the lost areas are coin-sized or splotchy. If you have lost all of your beard here and there could be some hormonal issue. ...Read more

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My 28 month old son has an apparent fungus in his head which caused some of his hair to fall off leaving a patch what meds can I use?

My 28 month old son has an apparent fungus in his head which caused some of his hair to fall off leaving a patch what meds can I use?

Needs prescription: He needs to see his doctor and will need prescription medicine called griseofunvin and an anti fungal shampoo. So make an appt with the pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have small pain in penis and some white fungus type in some hair?

I have small pain in penis and some white fungus type in some hair?

Painful penis: It sounds like you have an infection. This is not necessarily an std but is more likely to be a staph or hair follicle infection known as folliculitis. Given that it is painful I would advise getting to your medical provider soon would be wise. ...Read more

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Does fungus makes hair sticky and gummy? Does it make ur hair look like as if moonsoons are going on? Which fungus do this?

Does fungus makes hair sticky and gummy? Does it make ur hair look like as if moonsoons are going on? Which fungus do this?

A Sticky Problem: This is an interesting problem. If you can, see a dermatologist and hopefully get hair and scalp samples to confirm or eliminate what you are worried about. There's a host of things that can cause or mimic fungal hair problems. [See: Int J Trichology. 2011 Jan-Jun; 3 (1): 46–56. --just Google it]. Like Canker Sores, there's a million proposed home cures for it, from a Listerine wash to Tea Tree oil ...Read more

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Can a hand fungus spread to your hair, food, or any other place your body?

Can a hand fungus spread to your hair, food, or any other place your body?

Yes: Hand fungus, on the skin of the hand or fingers, can also grow on similar skin on the body, arms, legs, feet, and face. Fungus in the scalp, in the hair follicles, may be a different species. Fungus under the nails may be a different species, too. ...Read more

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Can you see fungus- such as hair or nail fungus- under a microscope?

Can you see fungus- such as hair or nail fungus- under a microscope?

Yes: Special slide preparations using potassium hydroxide (aka KOH prep) can enhance the view under a microscope. Preparations can also be examined under special stains (ie Calcafuor stain) so that the fungi are visible. ...Read more

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I've had skin discoloration 5 yrs ago, the discoloration has not spread, itching at time, have a patch of white hair on beard, fungus or vitilago?

I've had skin discoloration 5 yrs ago, the discoloration has not spread, itching at time, have a patch of white hair on beard, fungus or vitilago?

Likely vitiligo: Sounds like you have vitiligo. Fungal infection typically does not change the hair color. Also, it is usually scaly and often itchy. In addition, fungal infection would have changed quite a bit over 5 years. Hope that explains it for you. If u r concerned, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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When a person has fungus infection of the blood and outside on the skin/hair/nail what is the length of stay in isolation infection ward?

When a person has fungus infection of the blood and outside on the skin/hair/nail what is the length of stay in isolation infection ward?

Fungemia: I don't think Fungemia needs isolation but I would think a person who has disseminated fungal infection would be immunosuppressed therefore s/he needs to be protected and put in isolation. ...Read more

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Dandruff or fungus on the head? Sick of every day hi, I have lots of white patched on my heard, if I shake my hair it falls from the head. When I consulted a doctor when I was in india he gave me these medicines 1) a lotion to put on the head during th

Dandruff or fungus on the head? Sick of every day hi, I have lots of white patched on my heard, if I shake my hair it falls from the head. When I consulted a doctor when I was in india he gave me these medicines 1) a lotion to put on the head during th

It: It is certainly possible that you have either seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis of the scalp. There are many treatment options including topical lotions, gels, foams, and shampoos. Other options include oil treatments, steroid injections, oral medications, even systemic injectable medications for the most severe cases. I would consult your local dermatologist for more treatment options. ...Read more

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Hair loss from telogen effluvium. Stopped washing it cuz I hate seeing it fall out. Does not washing hair cause any fungus? It does feel softer

No: Scalp fungus is extremely unusual as you mature from adolescence on. You will not get scalp fungus. What is the precise cause for your problem? How bad is it? What has the Dr told you? ...Read more

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Flaky/fuzzy green things in hair brush. No itch, not red, no patches, just hair loss. Derm said nothing--but can't they culture 4 fungus to be sure?

Nothing?????: Really? Derm. Must have said SOMETHING!!! You do not give enough information. The exam by the DR is the important thing. If the person is older than puberty scalp fungus is not likely. If there no scabs, scales, hairless spots, etc., culture is not indicated. A culture is usually of interest after it is already determined that there is infection, just to identify which fungus. ...Read more

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Hairloss 10mnth now and eyebrows anf eyelashe scalp biopsy normal. Dermatology say fungus infection. Y im still lossing my hair and eyebrows.

Hairloss 10mnth now and eyebrows anf eyelashe scalp biopsy normal. Dermatology say fungus infection. Y im still lossing my hair and eyebrows.

Fungus on biopsy?: The biopsy should have shown fungus, if it is present. How long have you been treated with the antifungals? Have you had any bloodwork? Eyebrows and eyelash involvement merit a work up including thyroid, ferritin, and ANA, especially since your other symptoms include fatigue and headache. ...Read more

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How to prevent dandruff in my scalp and dryness in my hair? What's the treatment for fungal infection in my private area? Would this fungus spread?

How to prevent dandruff in my scalp and dryness in my hair? What's the treatment for fungal infection in my private area? Would this fungus spread?

See below: For dandruff; you can control it with frequent hair washing, it will become less of a problem as you age. For fungal infection in private parts, there are medications available without prescription. You may ask a pharmacist and consult this site for suggestions.
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/ringworm-of-the-skin-home-treatment ...Read more

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I have athletes foot and fungus nail infection on 2 toes. If I went swimming would I contaminate the water & spread the fungus to my hair, groin ect?

I have athletes foot and fungus nail infection on 2 toes. If I went swimming would I contaminate the water & spread the fungus to my hair, groin ect?

Not likely: Athlete foot and nail fungus don't get transmitted to the same person just by swimming in water.
At the same time, it is a difficult infection to get rid of and you may need strong prescription from a doctor ...Read more

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Toenails are separating from nail bed, and hair falls out in large amounts, cause? No fungus, no TSH deficiency, no vitamin deficiency...

Toenails are separating from nail bed, and hair falls out in large amounts, cause? No fungus, no TSH deficiency, no vitamin deficiency...

Toenails: I don't know of a link between nail bed issues and hair loss.
However I think it is important for you to have your doctor refer you to podiatrist (foot doctor) while your doctor is looking into you hair loss. ...Read more

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Scalp pain after having hair upswept?

Scalp pain after having hair upswept?

Common.: Per Dr Jessica Wu -"it’s also a matter of your hair growing accustomed to being in one position. “The nerve endings get used to the hair being in that direction, ” she said. “Then when you take your hair down, the nerve endings get stimulated again, so your scalp feels more sensitive." REF: http://www. Huffingtonpost. Com/entry/hair-loss-ponytail_us_58adee2ae4b057efdce88d5e ...Read more

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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more