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Friday, May 30, 2008

Malassezia furfur

May 25, 2008-May 31, 2008


Malassezia furfur is a fungus (specifically, a lipophilic yeast) living on the skin of animals and about 90% of all humans. It highly requires a rich supply of fatty acids to stay alive. Its growth depends upon the skin’s sebum (an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands) production. If the skin secretes an excessive amount of sebum, it may result to its overabundance.

Malassezia furfur is responsible for the existence of various skin disorders such as Tinea versicolor (characterized by brown or dark skin patches on the skin), Pityriasis folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles) and seborrhoeic eczema. It also attacks the hair and causes dandruff. People living in hot, humid and tropical regions are the typical targets of this fungus.

The application of fungal creams, oral medications, and herbal treatments can reduce the number of Malassezia furfur.

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