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Can dogs pick up Malassezia, from grass or dirt in a yard?

by LJ
(Fort Worth, TX)

Recently, I and my son, have been diagnosed with Malassazia sympodialis & Malassazia Globasoa, in the scalp.

We lived in a home for 3 years, that had large amounts of toxic fungus~
Stachybotrys, Chaetomium, Aspergillius, Penicillium, etc. Our four dogs lived in the home as well.

Me and my son are already seeing a Mold Specialist for the mycotoxins in our bodies: Ochratoxins, Aflotoxins, Gliotoxin…etc. I have now been diagnosed with CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disorder,) as well as degenerative arthritis. I am only 63 and previously healthy.

We moved into new house 1 month ago, this house has new gutters out on the street as water was pooling up to the home. Then we discovered inside water damage to the roof and the presence of Cladosporium, Chaetomium, Aspergillius which have all been remediated.

Could this standing water in yard and nearby grass, be a place where Malassazia species could be caught, by dogs and then transferred to me and my son.

Thank you,


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Mar 31, 2023

by: Dan

Typically, Malassazia lives on the skin of humans and animals as part of the normal microflora. It can get out of control in those with compromised immune systems, have diabetes, are malnourished, on immuno-suppressants, long term antibiotics, have excess sebum production, etc.

In the case of the more common infections such as dandruff and cradle crap, there seems to be some sort of interaction brought about by phospholipases and certain signaling molecules. It basically feeds on the sebum oils released from the pores of your skin. The more oily areas of the body; scalp, trunk, face, and back are affected the most.

To answer your question, yes it's possible, but an over production of sebum could also cause infections. This over production can be caused by hormonal changes with the thyroid and pituitary hormones, a vitamin D deficiency, a diet high in trans fats, digestive problems, and poor hygiene.

It's also possible that the reason for your infection is because of your immunodeficiency. The possibility also exists that the fungal toxins have compromised both you and your sons immune systems and that is allowing it to cause infections.

Any other questions let us know.

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