My head has recently started to smell very bad. It smells so bad that I can smell it myself every time I move my head. I can't describe the smell but several people have told me that it smells like more than just sweat. When I rub my scalp I can smell the odor on my fingertips. Just a few months ago I started to use dandruff shampoo because my flakes were getting out of hand. I recently started using selson blue approximately 3 times a weeks while using a regular shampoo/conditioner the remaining 4 days of the week. Any ideas???
Two possibilities are there for your symptoms.First of all,stress or hormonal changes may lead to excess oil produced by the oil glands in your scalp. This causes the harmless bacteria that live in the scalp to proliferate and feed off the oil, which produces the odor.
Second possibility is of a fungal infection causing tinea capitis.It is contagious and can spread direct contact with someone who has the condition, or if you touch contaminated items such as combs, hats, clothing, or similar surfaces. Diagnosis is by clinical examination of the scalp as well as a skin lesion biopsy with microscopic examination.Anti-fungal medications, taken by mouth, are used to treat the infection.
It is important to keep the area clean. A medicated shampoo, such as one containing selenium sulfide like selsen may also help.
If the symptoms persist then pls get it evaluated from a dermatologist.
Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted if you have any additional doubts.Kind regards.
hi - i had the problem of scalp/head that smelled like sweat - even a few hours after a shower if i went outside. i ended up researching it extensively and began using regular head and shoulders. i do not have dandruff and my scalp really doesn't get that oily, but much to my appreciation - head and shoulders works for this problem.
my hair gets dry easily, but lets of people online said this was the best for smelly sweaty hair/scalp: Jason Natural Products - Shampoo Dandruff Relief, but i was afraid it would dry my out way out (google for ingredients).
at any rate, head and shoulders is working for me. it is drying my hair out a bit (even with really good conditioner). i researched gentler products and just got the following shampoo and condition from whole foods after researching the topic more. hopefully these ideas help!
I have the solution. I used to have a bad smell on my head even though i washed my hair everyday. i finally found the solution and i want to share it. First of all, right after you shower, you HAVE TO BLOW DRY your hair. You must 100% dry your hair with the blow dryier right after your finished taking the shower and towel dry the hair. Cant wait 10 mins later, it must be right away and dont leave any spot slightly wet. Another thing, never but never go to sleep with your hair wet or humid. Obviously if u do what i told you before, that will never happen. Now, i didnt have dandruff but my head itched a lot..you can try Selsum MEDICATED and see what happens.. In my case, i tried this shampoo: HEAD and Shoulders CITRUS BREEZE, its hard to find but it is out there, or buy it online. For some reason it helps get rid of the smell more than any other shampoo or other Head and Shoulder shampoo. It smelles very good too. Do what i am telling you right now, and u will see the smell goes away, but once you stop drying your hair right after you finish showering, the smell will come back bc the problem is that Fungus live in wet or humid areas,, and are very resistant. If u keep ur blow drying ur hair 2 seconds after u shower.. u will see the smell desapear and u will be able to have a very good smell on your scalp and head. 100% guaranteed.
Thanks for that Infomation ...I recently
Moved in with a close friend of mine I've always known she had lily hair just didn't know it was able to be passed on by sharing brushes ... so as for me I've never had dandruff or an oily scalp ...and I've always washed my hair every 2 days and even in that my hair still smelled good and i could scratch my head and my hands would smell like shampoo after the 2nd day with out washing it but since I started using her brush or she uses mine my head stinks and its extremely oily now I know time to throw out my brushes and not share its really gross but found my problem!!
Please stop telling people to go to the Dr. People are not stupid and if they wanted to go to the Dr, they would of done that in the first place and not be searching on the internet for an explanation. Most Dr's dont even know what causes the problem. Geez.
I have had a stinking head problem for almost a year now and have tried every suggestion out there except for the doctor. Head and shoulders, selsun blue, bi-carb shampoo, a borax concoction from the naturopath, washing in cold water, blow drying, some kind of serum from the doctor, eating less yeasty foods... The list goes on! Have an appointment wih a dermatologist and can't wait! Hope I am cured, just had a shower this morning and my friend told me my head reeks and it's only been 8 hours.
If I use vinegar on my scalp, it doesn't smell bad like usual next day.
My assumption vinegar kills fungus that live on my scalp.
There are people who suggest to avoid refined sugar or starch, but it's hard to me
to avoid all kind of product that contain sugar.
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