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Scalp Odor: As with other body odors, a scalp odor is often caused by sweat interacting with bacteria on the skin. The body has two types of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine glands secrete fluid onto the skin to help cool the body as the fluid evaporates. Odor develops from the bacterial breakdown of apocrine sweat. ...Read more
Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more
My hair is very dry, has developed odor. Could it be pH balance, I eat a lot of fruit. Or does dry scalp cause odor? Could it be hormonal? Treatments?
Dry not odor: Usually dry scalp by itself will not cause and odor. However repeated scratching of the scalp may release sebaceous gland contents that contain bacteria. Advances treatment with medicated shampoos or antibiotics may be indicated and you should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more
I keep smelling this odor. Mostly in my room. Nobody else smells it. I take depcaote. My other theory dehydration? My scalp is itchy, oily, flaky! : (
See below: Hyperosmia or increase sense of smell can be associated with a number of conditions such as: cluster headaches, migraines, adrenal cortical insufficiency, seizures, sinusitis and partial damage to the olfactory nerve, depression and other psychiatric disorders. Get seen when you can by your physician to discuss this. ...Read more
Hey I have a really bad odor coming from my scalp and my scalp is very itchy and oily I don't know what's causing it to smell so bad I wash it but it still smells very bad need help?
Bad odor coming from my scalp and it burns, skin feels tight, been to dermatologist, sulfur shampo not working, need help with the odor?
Something wrong with my scalp! Its dry and it smells I get white things when I scratch it and it iches sometimes what is this?
Dandruff: Shampoo for five minutes every five days and use a tar shampoo. Do not apply anything greasy. The condition should come under control. ...Read more
Odour from scalp just an hour or two after shower even with two showers a day. My dermatologist has never seen this issue before. Recommendations?
I have had this weird bad skin odour for 2 months, it's mainly only the t-zone areas on face and a bit on the scalp. Been to doctors twice no help?
Musty scalp: Scalp psoriasis, and infections especially fungal infections can cause a smelly scalp. Keep the scalp clean. Have your doctor examine it for a possible fungal infection. You may need anti fungal medication. If your symptoms persist see a dermatologist for a more intensive work up. ...Read more
My scalp smells bad and I believe is the overprouction of oil on my scalp. What shampoo I can use to solve this issue?
Seboria: Fungas infection. Use selsun blue shampoo.Get a more detailed answer ›
My hair/scalp has a perm/burnt smell to it. I have not changed hair products recently. I wash my hair once if not twice a day. How do I fix this?
Hot curling iron?: Curling iron or high-heat blow dryer can cause burning and thus smell in the hair which may take several days to get better. Also, hair dye can do same thing--causing a chemical burn. So, minimize such for now. Use a "flowery-shampoo" then follow with hair-conditioner, towel dry only and comb through--allowing air-dry (no blow-dryer). This process should get rid of odor in about 3 days. Good luck. ...Read more
The top of my head (scalp) tends to stink when I have a headache. The smell was extremely worse when I was pregnant. What's the cause?
Not sure: Alice, c an your friends smell what you feel you are smelling? Some headaches do alter the smell sensation enhancing odors. ...Read more
Have had a foul smell coming from my scalp that started at the same time as gall bladder pain and issues. Could the smell be gall bladder related?
No: You should really talk to your doctor. No idea what the scalp issue is. ...Read more
I have 3 or 4 scabes on my scalp that itch like crazy when I scratch them or knock the tops off when shampooing my hair they smell like maggots., .
Head check: I suggest you have your scalp looked at. There are various reasons that cause itchy scalp including infection, allergy, autoimmune disorders, lice, etc. Without knowing the cause, it's impossible to treat effectively. ...Read more
What can I do if I have a smelly scalp?, I take a shower everyday but when I am in stress or my head gets hot it smells like farts
Smelly Scalp: Scalp smell may be caused by an overproduction of oil from the sebaceous glands in the area. Additionally, an overproduction of bacteria, yeast or fungus on the scalp might cause a persistent infection. If your scalp infection is caused by a fungus, using an antibacterial treatment will not cure the smell. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more
Can I use salsyn blue even though my head is sore from all the scratching. Hair is braided with extentions n smells with chunky brown crust from scalp?
Remove: Remove the extensions. Delaunay blue or any other good shampoo and let scalp rest should clear the problem. ...Read more
My scalp smells and idk why. I wash my hair every day and don't have any scabs or rashes so why does it stink?
Systemic problem?: Be sure not using any medications or herbs/spices or strong odor foods that could be coming out as smells on the scalp. Have a dermatologist look at it and get blood work to be sure all vitamins/minerals and thyroid ok. Very unusual that it is not other parts of the body, only the scalp if systemic so see a dermatologist ...Read more
I've been getting dry itchy scalp and chunks of brown crusty stuff that gets stuck to my scalp and hair. I have exzema. And it smells bad
Infection: Eczema patients are prone to staphylococcal infections. The presence of the smell and appearance of the brown crust strongly suggests the pathogenic bacterium staphylococcus aureus. Consult with your physician for the evaluation including skin culture, and appropriate treatment of the eczema and the infection. ...Read more
I noticed my scalp sometimes smells sour/sweaty. Also at the back of my scalp there are three bumps which feel very sore. What should I do?
My scalp smells weird after sweating and overnight what's the problem doctor? N what can I do? Thanks doctor
This greasy sweat coming from my hair and my mom said it was my scalp. How do I get rid of that disgusting smell?
Oily Hair/Oily Scalp:
Oily skin and hair are a common problem. There are many shampoos designed to reduce the oils in the hair. These products contain chemicals the effectively remove the oils. Unfortunately, the scalp makes the oils again, and in some quickly, and the oil returns.
Washing the hair at least once daily will help too. Do not use hair products that contain oils or are greasy as this will make things worse. ...Read more
My scalp smell really bad and its gets hot I can feel it, there's also pimples up there and its really itchy and irritating. Please Help ME!
Sounds like your: Scalp is getting infected. Need to treat the infection first and see if there are any underlying fungal infection. Hygiene is important. If your hair is thick, you need to wash thoroughly. Use selsun blue, nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo etc. Please consult with your physician and get treated right away. ...Read more
How do I reduce the amount of sebum that is secreted from the sebaceous glands? I find that the sebum oil smells on my face and a bit on my scalp
Wash frequently: The secretion from the glands will diminish with age. At this stage you need to wash the affected parts with soap and water frequently, including your scalp. ...Read more
My scalp tends to stink worse when I have headaches. My friends DO smell it. Fingers smell when touched. Can it be contracted from a dogs skin infection?
Ringworm from dog: I suspect you may have "ringworm", which is a fungal infection commonly contracted from pets. These fungi eat keratin, the material found in the outer layer of skin and hair. These fungi love it even more when it's a warm and moist environment - like now in the summertime. I don't think the headaches are related, but you may need some antifungal treatment - good to show your scalp to a doctor. ...Read more