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What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
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RE: What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
My dermatologist said to use over the counter Nizoral, which is 1% antifungal ketoconazole, but rather than just wash with it, to massage it into the entire scalp, covering each hair, and leave it in for five minutes, then wash it out. She also gave me a mild steroid cream for use on the inflamed area for several weeks. This worked for me, though it took several weeks to see significant improvement.

I also replaced my hairbrush, washed my headgear and pillowcases, to prevent possible repeat infection.

What medications have you tried? Did you leave them in?

If OTC antifungals aren’t having an effect, perhaps it isn’t a fungal infection and you might consider seeing a dermatologist or other physician.
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#12
RE: What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
Leaving the 1% Nizoral on for 5 minutes is what my doctor recommended and it appears to be effective. It eliminated the scale over time.  I believe the 5 minutes is the key to success.
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RE: What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
Thanks, everyone! I will give that shampoo a try.
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My brother-in-law had a strange spot on his head and it turned out to be shingles requiring an anti-viral drug asap. Shingles is nasty stuff it gets in your eyes.  A dermatologist, your family doctor, or walk-in clinic doctor should be able to diagnose this.
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RE: What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
Shingles is a nasty disease. If you have numbness on your forehead and no visible lesions, it could be in your ear. Untreated, it can result in deafness, vertigo, or both. Go to urgent care and get the antiviral drug to prevent it from progressing. If it is a false alarm, the only downside is the expense.
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RE: What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
"If it is a false alarm, the only downside is the expense." -- Peace of mind is priceless!
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
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RE: What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
Experiment underway. I bought Nizoral from a*azon dot ca. It clearly says 2% on the label. I've used it once. I didn't leave it on for 5 minutes. Lat night I woke up about 2:00 am. with incredibly itchy arms. Scalp is fine. I've barely scratched my scalp all day.

fwiw
Dave
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RE: What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
Dave, the Nizerol in the US is limited to 1% without prescription. It’s interesting to learn you can buy 2% in Canada. Note we have changed the commercial links rule and you can name or link Amazon as long as it’s not a DME or prescription item.
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#19
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Thanks Sleeprider.

I have it now and have used it once or twice a week with some difficulty.

Part way through my trial I figured I wasn't using it long enough. So I changed my routine and let the shampoo stay. Darned if it didn't run into my eye. Not fun...I fixed it quickly.

So...I'm not happy with the way I use this product. I can't leave it on as long as the instructions say.
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#20
RE: What antifungal worked for your scalp from headgear fungus?
It can have a drying effect, so I don't let it stay on as long as recommended, and I usually follow with a conditioner now. Like the original poster, I had occasional "pimples" on the back of my scalp, and they were painful. The Nizerol used occasionally keeps that in check, but I don't recommend it when your scalp is clear, or if you feel excessive dryness. It is not fun to get in your eye. Spot-treating with ketoconazole creme is also an option.
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