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Two inocent questions

  1. Apr 12, 2006 #1

    dextercioby

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    Is dandruff caused by a fungus...? If not, then what the heck it's causing it...?

    Along the same curiosity-driven lines, is tartar (that nasty thingy that adheres to your teeth) caused by phosphates found in fruit and vegetables and some other food...?

    Daniel.
     
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  5. Apr 14, 2006 #4

    dextercioby

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    Thanks for your input. I'm a bit more knowledgeable now. Hopefully this gum inflammation that i have will cure...

    Daniel.
     
  6. Apr 14, 2006 #5

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    Ummmm,.... couldn't be Mumps could it? There's a worldwide epidemic of that going on.
     
  7. Apr 14, 2006 #6

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    That doesn't inflame the gums though, does it? It definitely swells the glands in the neck.

    When I had mono, I looked like I had the mumps.

    Dex, if the gum inflamation doesn't go away in a few days, visit a dentist, some people are prone to periodontal disease.
     
  8. Apr 21, 2006 #7

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    BTW, the fungus implicated in dandruff causation through a chronic infection of the hair follicles is Malassezia furfur.
     
  9. Apr 25, 2006 #8
    Dandruff is cause both by the fungus Malassezia furfur and by excessively oily skin. For the latter, I suggest a conditioner with Tea Tree oil. :D
     
  10. Apr 28, 2006 #9

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    If one has gum inflammation - perhaps gingivitis - in addition to brushing regularly, one needs to increase Vitamin C.

    For skin problems, Vitamin E, would help, in addition to treatments for other causes, such as those mentioned.

    If one is smoking and drinking alcohol, then one should reduce use, as these deplete Vitamin C and E.
     
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