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Can Antibiotics Treat Dandruff?

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:41 PM

Anti-fungal dandruff shampoos and treatments are the most common ways to treat the scalp condition, but new research has found they are not very effective at preventing or eliminating it.
In fact, the new study published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Medicinal Chemistry found a common antibiotic does a better job of clearing the itching and flaking skin dandruff produces than conventional treatments.
Researchers, led by Claudiu T. Supuran, noted dandruff involves an excessive shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. In people without dandruff, it takes about 30 days for a crop of new skin cells to shed. But it may take only days for people with dandruff to shed dead skin cells.
A common cause of dandruff is the scalp-dwelling fungus Malassezia globosa, they noted. But their work showed sulfonamides – a class of antibiotic medicines -- were more effective in preventing the fungus's growth than ketoconazole, a widely used anti-fungal medicine in dandruff treatments.
They suggested the research paves the way for much-needed new treatments for the condition's flaking and itching.

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