Come cold weather and there is an all-round increase in infections. Trichologist, Dr Shahid Shamsher tells us 3 basic precautions which help to prevent scalp infections from developing in this season.

Don’t keep touching the head.

Some people have an itchy scalp or get small boils on the head which makes them want to scratch it again and again. Others keep finger combing their hair all the time. Most of us do these things automatically. But what we also don’t realize is that our hands are in fact a great source of many bacterias and viruses. For example you hold a pen, touch a keyboard, shake hands with some, results in your hands getting contaminated. And then every time you touch your head you transfer that contamination to the scalp. Now think – You wash your hands several times a day to keep them clean. How many times do you wash your head?

Don’t share certain things.

Combs, pillow covers, helmets, hair bands are things which come in touch with your scalp, some of them for long periods of time. If they are contaminated, they easily transfer the infection to your scalp. This is especially true for people who stay in the same house. I see so many cases of room-mates who share the house and belongings and end up sharing their scalp infections. A similar thing occurs in frequent travelers. Even the best of hotels fall short on certain hygienic matters. I recall a sting operation carried out by a popular news channel sometime back, which showed high amounts of fungal growth in pillow covers and beddings of some of the top-notch hotels in India.

Don’t skip on hygiene.

Because of the coldness of the weather, a lot of people simply stop washing their heads. This is especially true for people who need to leave their homes early in the morning like BPO workers and school children. While it is completely understandable and there are genuine concerns about catching a cold in this weather, some level of hygiene has to be maintained. Sometime back, I met a patient who preferred to wash his head once a month!! That sort of thing is simply not on. Instead, consider washing the scalp at a different time like evenings when things are much warmer.

Above all after following all those tips if you still have scalp infections, kindly approach the hair clinic near you. Hair doctors at the clinic will provide you with the best solutions and remedies for infections.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.

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