Wearing a helmet while riding motorbikes is mandatory in Vietnam. However, Vietnam is also one of the tropical countries with hot and humid weather, especially during the summer. This can make riders feel stuffy, itchy, and uncomfortable. Moreover, prolonged use of helmets can lead to scalp fungal infections.

How to use helmets to best prevent scalp diseases and ensure your own health?

 

THE CAUSES OF HELMETS LEADING TO SCALP DISEASES
There are many reasons why your helmet can become a breeding ground for scalp diseases, which are extremely dangerous. Below, An Trần Helmets will list some common causes that people often encounter:

Improper Helmet Usage

Improper use of helmets is also one of the main causes of scalp diseases. When the helmet is too tight or too loose, it can irritate the scalp, causing itching, bleeding, and making the scalp more susceptible to damage. In addition, leaving the helmet on for too long can lead to scalp fungal infections.


Frequent use of helmets under hot sun exposure

The majority of Vietnamese citizens commute by motorbike and almost none have the habit of regularly changing their helmets. Few people are aware that this is a dangerous practice that can turn their beloved helmets into a "bacterial hub" harmful to users.


Frequently using the same helmet day in and day out under the hot sun, accumulating dust along with sweat-soaked scalp creates an extremely conducive environment for harmful bacteria to thrive and proliferate rapidly.


Leaving helmets outdoors and allowing them to get wet in the rain

Because helmets are quite bulky, they are often hung outside the motorcycle after traveling. The inner surface of the helmet will come into direct contact with a lot of dust and smoke, which can make your hair quickly dirty and greasy, and even cause discomfort, itching, and distraction while driving.

Furthermore, leaving the helmet outside during sudden rainy days results in it getting wet. Rainwater contains numerous bacteria and accumulated dust, yet many people remain negligent by either continuing to wear the helmet, letting it air dry, or using it immediately afterward without thorough cleaning. This practice leads to an unpleasant odor and provides ideal conditions for bacterial growth.

The habit of putting helmets in the dirty trunk of the motorcycle

The dirty trunk is one of the main causes of scalp diseases when using helmets. When people wear helmets, they often have the habit of putting them in the trunk, but when the trunk is dirty, bacteria and fungi can grow rapidly and easily spread to the scalp when wearing the helmet.

Wearing a helmet with wet hair

Never wear a helmet when your hair is still damp. This is not good for your hair and it's not good for your helmet either.

Hair that is not fully dry is akin to leaving a wet helmet outdoors, which can make the inner lining of the helmet damp. This makes the helmet prone to accumulating dust and inadvertently creates an ideal environment for harmful bacteria to thrive.

Using a helmet together with someone who has scalp issues

Skin conditions related to the scalp can potentially spread from person to person through shared items, with helmets being a typical example. Disease-causing bacteria can cling to the helmet of one person and spread to another if you inadvertently share a helmet with someone who has a condition.

Sharing helmets is often encountered in situations like motorcycle taxis, ride-hailing services, carpooling with friends, or borrowing someone else's helmet when you forget yours. Therefore, it's best when using ride-hailing services like Grab, to carry your own personal helmet and avoid using the available shared helmets of the drivers. Limit borrowing helmets from strangers when you are unaware of their scalp health history.

Regularly cleaning your helmet helps prevent scalp diseases

This is the simplest and most effective way to prevent scalp diseases. You should regularly clean your helmet at least twice a week to ensure it remains clean and dry.


However, An Tran Helmets recommends using helmets with removable inner linings for easier cleaning and maintenance!

So, what should you pay attention to in order to prevent scalp diseases when using helmets?
In addition to regularly cleaning your helmet, An Tran Helmets also provides essential tips to ensure your helmet remains clean and hygienic:

 

 

 

  • Clean the inside of the helmet: Use warm water and mild soap to clean the inner lining of the helmet. Ensure that the lining can be easily removed and reinstalled. For helmets with removable linings, regularly remove them for washing and drying.
  • Ensure hair is always dry: Dry your hair before putting on the helmet. When hair is wet, the hair follicles are more open, making it easier for bacteria to penetrate and cause illness.
  • Check the straps and fasteners: Regularly inspect the straps and fasteners to ensure they are not damaged or stuck with debris. This ensures that the helmet is always securely fastened and safe.
  • Avoid liquids and chemicals: Avoid exposing the helmet to liquids and chemicals, as they can damage the helmet material and compromise hygiene.
  • Proper helmet storage: Store the helmet in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing the helmet in damp and high-temperature areas, as this can create favorable conditions for bacteria and fungi to grow.
  • Do not share helmets: Avoid sharing helmets with others, as this can transmit bacteria and other hygiene issues. If unavoidable, consider lining the helmet with an additional layer of thin fabric.

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Hopefully, through this article from An Tran Helmets, you can gain more knowledge to protect the scalp health of yourself, your family, and become more aware of regularly cleaning your helmet. Don't forget to always have An Tran Helmets as your companion, protecting you and your loved ones on every road!

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