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Extreme Scalp Odor

Q: I've had a problem with extreme scalp odor for years. At first, I blamed it on the chemicals in my hair products but expensive and all-natural specialty products haven't helped a bit. Even prescription anti-fungal shampoos have zero affect. Now it's so noticeable that I'm too embarrassed to leave my house. What else can I do?

Dr. Donnica:
Any kind of body odor can be very embarrassing, but there's one trip I want to encourage you to take - to your dermatologist. Believe it or not, there are several possible causes of scalp odor. One is just an overproduction of oil from the sebaceous glands in the scalp. This may lead to an overgrowth of bacteria or even a bacterial infection. Yeast or fungus overgrowths are also possible and may have an unpleasant odor. While you're waiting for your appointment, you may want to try some over-the-counter products that some women with similar problems have seen great results with such as Dial anti-bacterial body wash™. Some women have reported success with sulfur-containing shampoos such as Sebulex.

Created: 5/1/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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