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What Causes Scalp Odor
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
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
My hair has been thinning for over year, I have bumps/pimples on my scalp. My hair smells funny after I wake up, like earwax or something gross. Cause?
Hair loss/ acne-horm: You need to see a dermatologist and an Gyn/endocrine specialist. ...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?
Various causes: Dry scalp, like dry skin may or may not be an inherited tendency that can be aggravated by skin care products or habits. Shampoos particularly dandruff shampoos like most soaps tend to be drying. Washing or bathing in warm to hot water may also cause dry scalp. Living in a dry climate may also aggravate dry skin tendencies. Seborrhea may cause scaly scalp that resembles dry scalp. ...Read more
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Itchy scalp is due to an inflammatory reaction on the scalp. It is a common problem among adults. It can be caused by
1seborrhic dermatitis which cause dandruff
4scalp infections with fungi and bacteria
5allergy to shampoos or hair dyes/dressings
a persistant itchy scalp needs to be examined and evaluated by your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more
Healing: Any injury to the scalp will eventually try to heal. Dried blood, mixed with died cells form a layer on the wound surface known as scab. Beneath it a new skin is formed and the scab will eventually fall off the normal skin. It works as a shied, basically. ...Read more
Several posibilities: A fungus, malassezia lives on scalps of healthy adults without problems, sometimes growing out of control, feeding on oils inyour hair follicles. This can irritate your scalp and cause extra skin cells to grow, die and fall off, clumping with oil from your hair and scalp, making them appear white and flaky in your hair. You may also have eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more
The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of scalp tingling. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.
neck muscle tension,
hormone replacement therapy,
allergy to shampoo/soap. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more
Yes: If the headache is from the nerves in your neck that innervates that area (which is a very common cause for headaches), then the skin overlying that area can be extremely sensitive. It is most likely related to one of the nerves in the top of the neck and you may benefit from seeing a pain doc who can do a diagnostic nerve block to identify if it is those nerves. Best of luck! ...Read more
Depends: Usually it takes a systemic infection to cause the neutrophils to go up. But without any knowledge on the actual WBC count it cannot be ascertain as to whether this rise in % is from a decrease in other types of WBC particularly lymphocytes when the actual number of neutrophils may well be normal. ...Read more
Scalp pain: There are various causes of scalp pain, including trauma, headache or infection. Injuries to the head, neck, scalp, skull or brain are commonly associated with scalp pain. Headaches may cause scalp pain as the result of vascular swelling, muscular tension, or nerve pain. Scalp pain is also caused by any condition that infects or irritates the surface of the scalp itself, such as skin disorders and. ...Read more
Scalp Folliculitis: Scalp folliculitis is an infection or irritation of the hair follicle on the scalp. Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body where hair follicles are present, usually anywhere except the palms and soles. Common places where folliculitis develops are the scalp, underarms, and legs. Treatment is with antibacterial shampoos and oral antibiotics like solodyn (minocycline) or monodox. ...Read more
My upper neck (under the scalp) has been hurting on/off for about 2 wks. What could be the caused?
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