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

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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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