Scalp fungus appears when specific organisms overpopulate the skin. These are usually the candida, trichosporon, or dermatophyte subgroups, which generally already coexist in the body. Several conditions, like stress, high sugar intake, and antibiotics could push these organisms to multiply to massive numbers and colonize body parts. This results in unsightly and uncomfortable fungal infections. Many resort to using lotions and special shampoos to solve the fungal problem. These products, however, often do not solve the problem. In a lot of cases, they only serve to mask its symptoms and effects.
Scalp and skin fungus usually present with other symptoms like sugar cravings, brain fog, excessive fatigue, and itching. These symptoms might indicate a larger, systemic fungal infection in the body that cannot be cured simply by using moisturizers and anti-dandruff shampoos. While these are usually prescribed for mild cases, the effect is almost always limited to the surface.
Luckily, you do not have to settle for surface-level solutions like shampoos. Neither do you have to resort to potentially harmful oral anti-fungal medication to solve this problem. Grapefruit seed extract is an ideal solution for treating pesky scalp fungus. It is all-natural, nontoxic, and quite affordable. This extract works against bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, worms, and yeast to cure and prevent infections. It manages to combat all these microorganisms without being harmful to animals and humans. There are also no side effects to worry about.
It is important to consider the extract’s mechanism of action to illustrate how useful grapefruit seed extract can be. Its active ingredient works by disrupting the cytoplasmic membrane of its target organisms. This prevents amino acid uptake. The cell contents with low molecular weight seep through the membrane. The cell is ultimately dismantled and the pathogen is inactivated in just a short time. Because of this, the continued use of grapefruit seed extract does not lead to escalating resistance by the bacteria. The precise targeting of the cytoplasmic membrane makes it highly ideal for targeting specific microorganisms without harming the body of the host. However, it should also be noted that as researches continue, more is known about what grapefruit seed extract can do than about how it actually does it.
While studies on the mechanisms of the grapefruit seed extract are not yet fully definitive, this is no cause for concern. Many common medicines available in the market today are also in the same stage. Medical practitioners all over the world, as well as different authors of separate studies, have given the extract their vote of confidence.
Regardless of how it works, its biggest advantages include its nontoxicity, its easy use, its quick acting mechanism, and its inexpensiveness. A bottle of grapefruit seed extract should already go a long way.
Using this extract to combat scalp fungus is easy. You can add two to three drops of grapefruit seed extract to your shampoo of choice. It is preferable, however, that you mix it with an antifungal shampoo for an even more powerful treatment. Leave it on the scalp for two to three minutes, then rinse thoroughly. You can also add drops to your moisturizing lotion. You can also skip the lotion and the shampoo and directly apply the grapefruit seed extract to your skin.
Aside from applying it externally on the affected areas, you can also take the grapefruit seed extract internally. The first option is to use the liquid form. Extracts in liquid form almost exclusively come concentrated, so you would have to dilute it first before using. To do this, you can add several drops to water, tea, juice, or even food. The amount of the drops you would have to use ultimately depends on the concentration level of the grapefruit seed extract brand you are using. Naturally, the stronger the grapefruit seed extract is, the less you would have to use in a dose. Note, however, that the maximum daily dosage is at about 1500 milligrams.
If you have an issue with the taste—it could be quite bitter and overpowering, especially with the highly-concentrated brands—you can opt for grapefruit seed extract in capsule or tablet form instead. This is a useful alternative especially if you are treating a child for scalp fungus.