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What to do with smelly scalp?

What to do with smelly scalp?

Too young to ask: Hi, you are too young to post on HT, plz ask your parents to do that ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

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


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What to do to get rid of smelly scalp?

Wash!: Seriously! Take a good bath or shower. Use your favorite shampoo. If that's not enough, ask parents (or partner if you're older) to look for anything out of ordinary. Go see your family doc if any pain, redness (someone has to see it), bumps/growths/rashes, etc. Also check rest of body b/c smell might be coming from somewhere else! ...Read more

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I have a smelly scalp beyond normal scalp infections. What is it?

I have a smelly scalp beyond normal scalp infections. What is it?

Happy normal flora: We are covered in bacteria. In some individuals oversecretion of oil from the hair shaft feeds thes organisms ; they proliferate and cause odor when they break down the oils while feeding. Try using shampoos containing oil-reducing agents (sulfur, zinc, or tar) ie: head ; shoulders or neutrogena t/gel. If that doesnt work you may have seborrhea w/wo a flora overgrowth ; you need a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can you treat smelly scalp on clean hair?

Smelly scalp syndrom: Smelly scalp occurs when there is increase in bacterial growth in the scalp.The bacteria thrive on oil in the hair and scalp and they give odor which smells, it is not a hygiene problem like not taking bath or shower.It can also be due to hormonal balance and/or bad nutrition.A dermatologist can help like sulphur shampoos, and change your towel, hair brush and pillow case. ...Read more

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Could negazole metronidazole 500 mg have caused my smelly scalp?

It is not lisred eff: It is not listed as side effect and if it is of concern check with a dermatologist as you may need medicated shampoo, there are many causes of smelly scalp. ...Read more

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I'm 46 and suffer from smelly scalp syndrome. I have tried everything to get rid of it and nothing seems to work. My dermatologist was at a lost.

A very "old": treatment but WORTH A TRY TRY A BAY RUM scalp treatment (Old "barber's treatment) after a regular shampoo Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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So I am suffering from 'smelly scalp'. I don't know how to get rid of it, i wash my hair loads and still nothing. Help?

Smelly scalp syndrom: Smelly scalp occurs when there is increase in bacterial growth in the scalp.The bacteria thrive on oil in the hair and scalp and they give odor which smells, it is not a hygiene problem like not taking bath or shower.It can also be due to hormonal balance and/or bad nutrition.A dermatologist can help like sulphur shampoos, and change your towel, hair brush and pillow case. ...Read more

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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

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My daughter suffers from "smelly scalp syndrome". The derm md has prescribed prescription shampoos, but it is not working. Her scalp itches, and really smells badly if she misses one day of washing. prescription shampoos do not seem to be helping. I have

My daughter suffers from "smelly scalp syndrome".  The derm md has prescribed prescription shampoos, but it is not working. Her scalp itches, and really smells badly if she misses one day of washing. prescription shampoos do not seem to be helping. I have

I : I would recommend she see a dermatologist to rule out any medical cause for this condition. Perhaps a visit to the local university (such as indiana university) dermatology department so that her case can be discussed and perhaps some treatment options can be figured out for her. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have a smelly scalp and i been told that I have a fungas infection or overactive sweat glands on my scalp. Would any selsun blue shampoo help me?

Need prescription rx: If you have fungal infection in the scalp it needs to be checked and treated with prescription meds and shampoo may also help.I may be a good idea to consult a dermatologist to make a correct diagnosis and proper treatment plan. ...Read more

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Scaly smelly itchy scalp why?

Seborrhea?: sounds like it could be seborrhea or psoriasis in your scalp, assuming you are practicing good hair washing techniques. Try some sebulex shampoo every toher day and consult a dermatologist if no results. ...Read more

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Why is my scalp smelly with itchy orangish dandruff ?

Why is my scalp smelly with itchy orangish dandruff ?

Dandruff: Todd you need to go see your Family Doctor or Pediatrician first to look at this. You may have an infection on your scalp causing this. They may refer you to a dermatologist. Either way you don't have to put up with this irritating stuff on your scalp. ...Read more