The effects of some hair oils and unsaturated fatty acids on experimentally induced dermatophytosis

Dermatologica. 1975;151(3):144-8. doi: 10.1159/000251327.


Antimycotic effect of mustard and coconut oils, oleic and palmitic acids on experimentally produced dermatophytic infection on hairy skin in the guinea pigs was studied. Mean Duration of Infection (MDI) was significantly reduced in all experiments where coconut and mustard oils or unsaturated fatty acid (oleic acid) were used. The significance of these results in realtion to Tinea capitis in humans is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cocos*
  • Cosmetics / therapeutic use
  • Dermatomycoses / drug therapy*
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Mustard Plant*
  • Oils / therapeutic use*
  • Oleic Acids / therapeutic use*
  • Palmitic Acids / therapeutic use*
  • Plants, Medicinal*


  • Cosmetics
  • Oils
  • Oleic Acids
  • Palmitic Acids