Tinea capitis, or fungus of the scalp, affects warm, damp areas of the scalp, particularly zones that have sustained any injury, have been wet for a long time or have not been cleaned well. Ringworm is a common example of a fungus present in the scalp.This fungus infects your hair follicles and shafts, often leading to loss of hair in patches and itchy scalp. While there are over-the-counter medicines that can offer relief from the condition, many fungal scalp home remedies can be equally effective.
Tea tree oils and green or black walnut, along with extract of the grape seed constitute effective home cures for fungus-affected scalps. Available at specialty health stores, these oils and extracts can be applied directly to the scalp on a regular basis to reduce infection. Leave the scalp undisturbed for eight hours or overnight after application and then wash away with lukewarm water. Follow this regimen daily for a few weeks until the scalp irritation or swelling due to the fungus attack disappears. Also try grinding some fig leaves and applying the juice to the scalp in a similar way to reduce infection.
These remedies affect the fungus under the skin, helping to cure the condition, where many store-bought creams will treat only the topical infection, according to TreatNailFungus.org.
One of the most potent reasons for fungus infection of the scalp is an unclean head. Make sure to take regular head baths, preferably with shampoos containing selenium sulfide. Massage your head well to remove dirt particles and then wash your hair and scalp thoroughly, taking care to remove the shampoo completely. Most importantly, make it a point to dry your scalp properly. Do not tie your hair while it is still damp as this will keep your hair wet for a prolonged period of time. Use a hair dryer if possible, as a dry scalp will prevent further infection and reduce symptoms such as itchy scalp.
Do Not Scratch
As the infected area will tend to itch, you will be tempted to scratch it often. This will worsen the condition. Make it a point to stay away from scratching as much as possible. Remind children or distract them with other engagements when they are trying to scratch the affected area.
Combs, Hats and Brushes
Use blunt combs and brushes. Sharp-edged teeth of certain hair implements can injure the scalp skin and lead to a breeding ground for fungal infection. One of the most important home treatments for scalp fungus is to prevent further contamination to other members in the family, including pets. Keep your brushes, hats, caps and combs separate. Wearing a cap or hat not only offers you relief from embarrassment of a patchy scalp, it also helps contain the contamination and deters you from constant scratching.