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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 doesn't 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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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

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I am ravindra, age 22. My scalp is so smelly i& icant bare it so I want remedies?

Seborrhea: Seborrheic dermatitis was the cause of your dandruff and is likely leading to the odor from your scalp. Try leaving on your dandruff shampoo for 10 minutes before washing off. Also, see your dermatologist as you may need a prescription topical steroid to calm the inflammation in the scalp. ...Read more

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I have smelly hair syndrome;I feel like it has started in the past few months or so. It seems 2b emanating from the scalp though. Why's this happening?

Smelly scalp: One of the most common causes of having a smelly scalp for several weeks or more can be a fungal infection. There is typically scaling and some hair loss. It would be worth seeing your personal physician in order to test for a fungal infection and prescribe treatment if present. ...Read more

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Scalp is very smelly, I must wash hair everyday. Used dandruff shampoo and ketoconozale. Doctor has not diagnosed, says keep using shampoo. What is it?

Psoriasis: Psoriasis is one possibility. Treatment of the scalp is difficult because of the particularly thick skin, and often involves topical steroid lotion or a vitamin d preparation like dovonex. Really bad cases may need a biopsy and oral immunosuppressants initially to get the problem under control. See your doctor again or get a referral to a dermatologist if the symptoms are not under control. ...Read more

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My scalp is a bit smelly. Not horrible but noticeable to me. I do have dandruff&sometimws get sore little bumps like pimples & they bleed. Y& What2do?

Wash daily: If you do not do it, wash your scalp and hair daily with any shampoo.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I got smelly, itchy, pimples, hot feelings on my scalp bad order coming out of it. I tried Psoriatrax 5% Coal Tar shampoo + Nizoral-AD shampoo?

Tinea capitus: A number of scalp conditions could cause these symptoms. Tinea capitus is a fungal infection of the scalp which causes itching, scaling, crusting, pustules and occassionally infection with bacteria (kerion). Tinea capitus requires several weeks of oral antifungal medications with or without an antibacterial. Your doctor can help you determine if this is what you have. ...Read more

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My scalp feels loose. What is this?

LOOSE SCALP: Maybe. Some persons have loose scalp without problems. ...Read more

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Is regaine foam less irritating to scalp?

No: All minoxidil-based products have a possible side effect of scalp irritation. It is usually not the foam or liquid vehicle, but the Minoxidil itself that causes the irritation. ...Read more

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Feels like something crawling in my scalp?

Lice?: You could have lice. Get a lice comb and have someone help you to examine for lice eggs and the lice themselves. A dry scalp can also cause itching that can give sensation of something crawling. Have someone help you look! ...Read more