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Yeast Spots on the Scalp

By Jennifer Smith ; Updated August 14, 2017

Yeast spots on the scalp are common among all ages groups although they are most often found in children. Yeast infections are caused for a number of reasons. The most well known cause is that of a fungus that infects the skin and hair follicles. There are various prescribed and over-the-counter medications that can be used to treat this common infection. Discuss your options with your physician when diagnosed.


Fungal infections such as yeast infections are most common in children although they can be found in all ages. A yeast infection found on the scalp is called tinea capitis. When identifying this type of infection look for scaly spots on the scalp which are often accompanied by hair loss. The spots may be large or small but if you notice any changes in your scalp, consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment options.


One medication used to treat yeast spots on the scalp is Ketoconazole. This is a topical product in the form of a shampoo. The prescription strength option is typically used once a day for 2 to 6 weeks while the over-the-counter version is applied daily to the scalp every 3 to 4 days for up to 8 weeks. While this is one option to consider, it should not be used without doctor supervision or instruction.


One of the biggest benefits to using topical ointments and shampoos to treat yeast infections of the scalp is that typically the duration of use is quite short. These medications are fast acting and effective. If you are not given a prescription by your physician do not use an over-the-counter medication without first discussing it.

Side Effects

Ask your doctor for details about several side effects associated with using Ketoconazole and other shampoos to treat yeast infections of the scalp. These side effects include change in hair texture, blisters, dry skin, itching and irritation. If you experience any of these side effects, discontinue use or consult a medical professional before continuing use.


Before using any type of medication for treatment, tell your doctor about any allergies you may have as well as what medications you are taking. You must also inform him of changes in dosage of medications you are on and whether or not you are nursing, pregnant or could become pregnant while you are using the topical treatment.

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