A month into my last year of college, I had a doctors appointment for just a regular check up. Wow, this is very thorough! Repeat posters will be banned. But at least you have a plan of action? Bleep bloop. I really suspect this. I only spray in the middle/ends of my hair. No shampoos help. Lemon Juice: Not only is lemon juice perfect for hair health but also when it comes to smelly odour from the strands. Writers often compete with each other for the most vivid portrayal of symptoms, e.g. You would probably notice less shedding if you washed it daily rather then every 2-4 days like I am talking overall, [–][deleted] 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago* (3 children). I blow dry my hair after every wash. Posts/comments that advertise a specific product without any scientific discussion are considered spam and will be removed. I would wash my hair constantly in attempts to get rid of the smell but nothing would work! All without any type of cure. Oily hair doesn't necessarily mean a smelly scalp, but overactive oil glands in your scalp can cause a distinctive, sour odor. [–]Iledahorsetowater 24 points25 points26 points 1 year ago (0 children). It leaves the hair clean as well as fresh. For example, dandruff can be a cause of smelly scalp and hair. What also sucks is that my scalp is totally healthy, I have no flakes or itchiness and no build up either. Thank you, it-smells-like-fish, for voting on FortniteIsCancerBot. Are you sure you don’t have any other condition? What causes SSS? But ugh. See if there is a reason you can't try a oral pill (like a anti-fungal or antibiotic) along with the topical if they think it is possibly the cause. My poor boyfriend would constantly catch whiffs of my disgusting scalp and I just felt so embarrassed. [–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (0 children), https://gyazo.com/72a9dfb33f1121dd5b9ef73c602b06da?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app I read about NOT washing hair can actually help reset the balance of oils. But I'll make sure to bring this up with my doctor next time I go...if he takes me seriously, lol. I was fat, my skin was as dry as the desert and it didn't matter how much I slept I was ALWAYS tired! This helps in treating smelly hair and scalp. They’re formulated to help create good bacteria colonies that fight yeast overgrowths. Once you leave it on for a few minutes wash it with warm water then rinse your hair with really cold water, [–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago (6 children), Is there no build up or is it getting greasier day by day?! It’s normal for your scalp to produce oil. Smelly hair syndrome characterizes a foul odor emitted by the hair or scalp. Then when I go to the salon after my highlights my colorist puts toner on my head. Go straight to the dermatologist. But that only lasted for a little bit, my hair has started to smell again... not as bad but the smell is definitely back. [+]it-smells-like-fish comment score below threshold-7 points-6 points-5 points 1 year ago (3 children), [–]FortniteIsCancerBot -1 points0 points1 point 1 year ago (2 children), FTFY if they say derm doctor, then you will have to try that. 3. It wasn't until last summer when I started gaining weight uncontrollably is when everything started. [–]SnowCatz 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (0 children). It makes my hair feel and smell silky (if you can imagine what silk smells like). Any unpleasant odor in your hair leaves you feeling embarrassed. I am not an expert here, but everything you’ve listed is pretty harsh. I thought the hormonal changes would have subsided by now as it's been over 6 months. More often than not, it’s a hormonal imbalance that causes this problem. Here is what you can do in the mean time. If your hair ends up smelling a few hours right after washing it, you are most probably suffering from smelly hair syndrome. [–]tajsmum 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago (0 children), [–]seasuzie51 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago (0 children). Seeing a … Any big changes in what you are eating? Keep looking for a better doctor. Researchers haven’t pinpointed a cause for smelly hair syndrome, but Romanowski recommends treating it with Dial antibacterial liquid body wash and soaps that contain sulfur. Remedies for Smelly Hair Syndrome An unpleasant odor from the hair and scalp it can be caused by a condition called Smelly Hair Syndrome or Seborrheic Dermatitis. Many people think that dandruff is a result of a too-dry scalp, which causes them to wash their hair less. I’m wondering if maybe I’m not using the nizoral frequently enough. This problem is so embarrassing. First of all, I never told anyone about my weight gain I was pretty ashamed of myself. You probably need to use it everyday for at least a week and then taper to using the clarifying once a week and other shampoos at least once ever two days for a while. Buy a shampoo that contains tea tree oil, this is the easiest method, but YMMV as some shampoos have more tea tree oil than others. The dermatologist didn't find anything in my scalp but gave me a topical solution anyway. If they don't think it is the cause, then they need to offer another plan of action. Yes, I've tried putting perfume on my hands and just rubbing it in my head. [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago (0 children). [–]Kong28 45 points46 points47 points 1 year ago (3 children). Hmmm just looked up smelly scalp syndrome and it seems like the cause might be seborrheic dermatitis. Kidding of course, but diet was something I was wondering too and should definitely be considered. The doctor told me I was at the age that I needed to have yearly blood tests, so I did what needed to be done and had my blood drawn for every test under the sun. I'd just like to add, I had to use Hibiclense after a minor surgery last year & that stuff is incredibly harsh. According to Dr. Ravella, super-smelly gas is often the result of eating foods rich in sulfur, which the digestive system breaks down into stinky compounds called sulfides. Women, men, children, and adults are affected even with any type of hair length. If a doctor refuses to do something you ask, you can request that his refusal be put in the medical notes. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. It's long and thick and takes hours to dry. Ok. Various people have described it akin to “the stink of a dirty diaper”, “dirty, wet socks”, “a jacket that’s never gone to the cleaners” and the worst, “yesterday’s vomit”. Target another root cause of scalp odor by focusing on eliminating bacteria. Try changing your diet. There are innumerable products in the market that clean and remove hair smell naturally. I would also go to a dermatologist if you can because that is really strange. [–]felix-felicis45 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago (1 child), [–]jennawhoreusrex 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago (0 children), Ah I didn't catch that thanks. Hair is thinning out all of a sudden and not sure why.. Is it possible that my hair might grow back damaged now ? Causes of Smelly Hair in Children. Make your concerns heard!! • Avoid exposing your hair … It’ll help the wash last longer. • Always look for the root cause of smelly hair and treat it. Smelly Hair Syndrome (SHS) This is the main reason and it is due to microbial growth (bacteria, and/or fungus). I had horrible flaking afterwards, but my skin is stupidly dry and sensitive so if you have oilier skin it might be fine. Thank you so much! This bot wants to find the best and worst bots on Reddit. The symptoms, though, are all too apparent. [–]bebookish 21 points22 points23 points 1 year ago (0 children). Even if I don't reply to your comment, I'm still listening for votes. It could even be due to smelly hair syndrome. The dry shampoo sort of delays what's coming by a day at most, but I think it's better than nothing. Scalp Odor (like BO) could be the result of not washing … [–]ilawlfase 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago (0 children). NEXT! [–]tea-rannosaurusrex 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (0 children). Smelly hair syndrome is the main reason for this condition. Penis odor is common, and can usually be easily treated. Certain foods and alcohol can really come out with a strong scent when you sweat. Lots of people eat cheese, meat, processed "health" foods, and other stuff and think that the standard American diet is healthy when it's not. Cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski of Huffington Post and BeautyBrains.com reports that some people suffering from malodorous scalps found success by washing their hair with antibacterial body wash, which kills odor-causing germs. Ok, interesting! Be as descriptive as possible about your hair's texture, thickness, density, length, and condition (damaged, oily, dry, etc.). One side of my part grows upward. [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 8 points9 points10 points 1 year ago (0 children). But the whole point of this post is, has anyone else dealt with such an odd symptom?! Three months pass and my test comes back GREAT! I'm at a 1.64 and I was honestly feeling really good! Have you tried dry shampoo in between washes? [–][deleted] -3 points-2 points-1 points 1 year ago (1 child). The one where they make you wait years to see a specialist if you're not a priority case, lol. [–]Mermaidgrrrl -2 points-1 points0 points 1 year ago (1 child). I'm just pretty upset over all of this and I know I haven't been dealing with this for long, but I already am frustrated. Let me know if you have more info!. Try a different one if you’re having so much trouble post blow dry. Get a short hair cut. I use the Eva NYC 10-in-1 thing that's a heat protectant and leave-in conditionner. Is the hibiscrub something I can order online or it has the be a prescription? Onion also promotes hair growth, helping you getting rid of baldness. Next few showers: my hair felt softer, but the smell was still there. This one is my preference. So I have the EXACT SAME problem as OP, and it’s soooo Effin terrible. You could be suffering from what experts have dubbed Smelly Hair Syndrome (SHS) — a condition which can leave the sufferer both acutely embarrassed … Source: I'm a nurse, have a BA in Biology/Chemistry, and have hypothyroidism. If not indefinitely. Short hair looks awful on me. Is your scalp itchy? My sister also has pcos and hormones do some weird shit, there’s nooo way it’s diet related.. it’s too stinky!!! It smells kind of medicine-y but isn't obvious after it dries if you use conditioner. It just started to smell? I'll order that and do a test and see... [–]tangerines-are-tasty 15 points16 points17 points 1 year ago (0 children). I know everyone is focusing on strictly the localized aspect of your head/hair, but the cause could be from a more global (bodily speaking) problem/change. • Avoid touching or brushing your fingers through your hair frequently. [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (0 children). Even if its not quite pcos, it still could be hormonal changes from your body adjusting to not being on birth control. Send us a modmail with proof of your occupation and we can give you special stylist flair. Smelly scalp, doctor didn't find anything wrong, desperate for change! Look up PCOS and if you have any other symptoms, ask your doctor to test you for it! Def thinking yeast. So I used to wash it maybe twice a week before this all started and now I do it every other day, especially after the gym. [–]kaycikaps -4 points-3 points-2 points 1 year ago (0 children). [–]Carasina 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago* (2 children). Yours sounds horrible. With these test results my doctor immediately raised my dose to 75mcg of synthroid and surprisingly enough my scalp stopped smelling. The Problem: Sure, this runs counter to the advice to not suds-up daily, but when hair is super fine or your scalp’s skin is overly-oily, shampooing every one to two days will help keep your sebum levels in check.And even with thick, coarse stands that can handle the hiatus, remember that greasy hair holds onto dirt, sweat and debris. Smelly Scalp (or Hair) Syndrome has one striking symptom: a nose flinching odor that emanates from strands and scalp. I have no clue if I have dry patches though mostly because my hair is so thick! I was told I had an under active thyroid and an autoimmune thyroid issue. I'm on the canadian public insurance plan. Something called “Smelly Hair Syndrome” was … Time to do a deeper dive on the internet. How else can you have … Right away I was put on 25mcg of synthroid and told to come back for a follow up in 3months. After reading all this, I’m pretty sure it’s fungal. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. Has anyone else actually told you they've noticed a bad odor? This syndrome manifests itself in one symptom, which is a terrible odor emanating from your scalp. It’s also important to get a regular physical exam with lab work to make sure you’re not pre-diabetic, or have a chronic infection somewhere that may be lowering your immune resistance to whatever’s happening on your scalp. I have PCOS myself and the greasy hair thing is a common symptom, as is greasy skin, and women with pcos have higher risk/incidence of acne, seborrheic dermatitis, and other similar conditions. It does get a little greasy but the smell is worse day by day! People with smelly hair usually have one of two things: a dirty scalp from either lack of washing or an imbalance of hormones that causes an over-production of oil, or a bacterial skin infection 2. Ketoconazole Shampoo (also comes in oral form) will really be your friend here which likely what your dermatologist will prescribe. My scalp smelled like a rotting animal and nothing would help it! In addition to seeing another doctor. Yeah, I think I'll do that. It felt like I had a very itchy rash. Oily hair is more prone to this condition because it picks up environmental pollutants and strong smells more readily. Tell them that this is affecting your quality of life (this means that it is causing you social/emotional distress and isn't just something you are throwing out there. Thanks for the tips! I had those forehead bumps that turned out to be fungal related. Onion, just like garlic, has sulfur which fights bacteria and fungi effectively. Now comes a story in which he sniffed a democrat candidate’s hair and then planted a big unwanted kiss on her head. Are you a professional stylist? I have waist length hair and only wash twice a week so it does help it smell fresher in summer too. What shampoo is good for a smelly scalp? It may not seem like a lot of weight gain to y'all but to me it was a large amount especially in such a small amount of time. I mostly kept my weight gain to myself and tried everything I could to slim down, but nothing worked and I blamed the weight gain on the fact that I stopped taking Adderall ( I've been on it since I was 15 and I'm 21 now). I eat take out once a week and meal prep every single thing. [–]kaylatastikk 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago (2 children), Blow dry with a heat protectant. Also excuse my rambling and stuff, but this pretty much my first post here on Reddit and I'm not used to how this all works. Last resort would be...botox for the scalp for those who suffer from hyperhydrosis. I literally googled “Why does my hair smell bad after I shower?” and was a little surprised at what I found. The only major changes I can think of was that I got off birth control last year and maybe this is how my hormones really are naturally. Or better, get a referral to an endocrinologist. The fungus that grows on oily scalps, it can haunt people of any age and is not related to poor hygiene. I know for me when my roots grow in my highlighted hair I get itchy scalp. Is there more dandruff than usual? [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 15 points16 points17 points 1 year ago (1 child). Smelly Hair Syndrome (SHS) occurs when you have overactive sweat and oil glands on your scalp. I haven't heard of stinky scalp being caused by hypothyroidism but anything is possible. The only cure I got (which was temporary) was changing my synthroid dosage... That's why I figured maybe it has to do with my thyroid and maybe someone else has experienced this before. Read on to know a few simple and easy tips to treat smelly hair and leave a lingering fragrance. If you make several well-cited comments, we may approach you about getting special flair to distinguish you as a knowledgable hair person. Or is it just the smell? Of course I get the occasional itch, but the smell is gone. [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 41 points42 points43 points 1 year ago (1 child), [–]Merpie21 23 points24 points25 points 1 year ago (0 children). Same. All without any type of cure. Finally, I started to get that under control with a skin care routine, but yeah lots of oil to accompany the smell in my hair. Nearly 2 weeks ago I got a much short haircut even though people still consider it long and let me tell you I’m so fucking happy and I’m barely using as much shampoo and I’m actually cleaning my hair properly and if I continue using Nizoral for a month or so I’ll probably clear the dandruff+excess sebum which is what triggers the malassezia it self x), [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago (3 children), [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (1 child). ACV and baking soda are not formulated for scalp pH. (Pictures included), Bleaching a second time (from natural black). I think I hadn’t washed it in like 3-4 days when I took that pic, https://www.reddit.com/r/tressless/comments/b6xk3l/white_sebum_causing_me_to_shedthin/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app [+]basherella comment score below threshold-6 points-5 points-4 points 1 year ago (4 children), now it's full blown stinky after a day or two. I have this too!!! But I would really appreciate any input or thoughts or any of y'alls personal experiences! Smelly hair, as the name suggests, is characterized by an unpleasant odor emanating from the hair and scalp. I am going to go see a derm and I will report back with my findings. Could you do a small patch test of Monistat on your scalp? This was before I cut my hair I remember I washed my scalp so well with Nizoral but the build up was still insane I only gently scratched my scalp in that picture and ended with that... Especially is it is seb dermatitis as others have guessed. Also you need a conditioner to blow dry. I finally got fed up and went to the school doctor last month, and he was stumped. Let’s see the most effective home remedies and natural ways to remove smelly hair and make your hair smell; Natural Tips & Home Remedies to Get Rid of Smelly Hair. It can be caused by a condition called smelly hair syndrome. Any suggestions? I've actually been thinking about this for a few days - because it intrigued me. But that's a myth. With the bad smell and the long thick hair, it’s making me think yeast. I'm also due for another blood test soon, so we'll see how that goes! Now, I went to go see my doctor about it and he wouldn't give me a referral to a dermatologist because he didn't see any inflammation or anything suspicious on my scalp. Hm, sounds like a yeast infection on the scalp. Did you get your malassezia cured/under control? People with oily scalp mostly face this problem. The smell originates from the scalp and hair and can affect men, women, and mostly children. Now most people would not like this. There is no one cause of smelly hair syndrome. . Could be something fungal or sebherric dermatitis or whatever, possibly leaking pus or flakes? As others have said, you should definitely see another doctor. It burns. [–]knm20 11 points12 points13 points 1 year ago (1 child). You have to be a certain age (I am) to remember a … [–]queefing_like_a_G 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (0 children). But for me it takes away that awful itch. [–]Cantuchangeurhandle 227 points228 points229 points 1 year ago (2 children). Gives you extra credibility! After thoroughly washing your hair, apply the gel onto your hair and scalp. https://gyazo.com/72a9dfb33f1121dd5b9ef73c602b06da?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app, https://www.reddit.com/r/tressless/comments/b6xk3l/white_sebum_causing_me_to_shedthin/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app, For serious conditions, we are not a replacement for a licensed doctor. I was pretty scared honestly because I didn't know what to expect! Along with chemical smells, it also removes the sweaty odour and dandruff. A doctor should always listen to a patient's concerns, not just blow them off. In Canada, it would be free to see a dermatologist if I get a referral from a doctor first. Any ideas how to correct it? I've quit 5 days ago and I'm hoping to see/feel changes to confirm my suspicions but so far, nothing. Kérastase Nutritive Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair. I got a second opinion from another doctor. Is there any scientific evidence for cold showers being better for your hair and are there any care products that actually work to reduce frizz? Edit: An update because I've been getting messages asking if the issue is cleared. I don't know how else to explain it. In many cases, you can treat this at home with lifestyle changes and home remedies, including practicing good … Any chance you've changed your diet significantly? Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I was thinking the same thing. There could be many reasons like stress or hormonal imbalance behind smelly hair. I would definitely get a second opinion from a doctor who WILL check your blood. Press J to jump to the feed. Sorry for the long update, but it was definitely a trial and error experience. If you have an oily scalp, you may experience dandruff, itchiness and other skin discomforts in addition to odor, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago (9 children). I still didn't really complain or mention it to anyone because I figured "oh it's just the stress of college blah blah blah". And if I blow dry it, it'll get brittle and dry. Biden has always gotten a pass for his creepy behavior, but that was before the #MeToo movement when liberals finally figured out rape and sexual assault are bad. This isn’t a cure, but have you tried using perfume in your hair to cover the smell? https://stronghair.org/scalp/smelly-scalp-or-odor-causes-remedies-treatments It's more manageable to control the tea tree oil to dilution ratio easier in this method imo, and using a small water bottle you can change the ratio each time you use it to serve your needs. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005JBM2TM/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=AQT18OUQ0NDU8&psc=1, [–][deleted] -1 points0 points1 point 1 year ago (0 children), Get a shorter haircut and vigorously shampoo your hair with a strong shampoo like Nizoral! 8/15. I'm starting to think that I produce a lot of body heat and because my hair is so thick, it just traps the sweat and moisture in my scalp and that causes the odor. I didn't want to wait months for another appointment so I got a hot oil treatment from lush called Yuge that has calming mint in it. The doctor didn't seem to think it was necessary to do a blood test to check my hormones either. Ahh, I see. :(. After the 14 day treatment, my scalp blew up into full blown dermatitis. It’s a pain in the ass but maybe you could wash your hair everyday with a mild shampoo something chemical free, [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (5 children). Most doctors aren't willing to stake their medical reputation on it. It can haunt people of any age and is not related to poor hygiene. Good luck to anyone going through this! I always joke that it disinfects my scalp. • Use a mild fragrant sulfate-free shampoo. You get the picture. Once I wash my hair I'm usually okay, but during the night when I sweat, I notice that my hair smells really weird in the morning. Although I am going to stop putting cream in my coffee anyway, there is some yummy smelling peppermint scalp spray you can either buy or make that helps mask the odour really well. It's that hiatus from hair washing that makes your scalp smell. $20.97. Clean up your diet for a while and see if it changes. I have super thick hair and i started cutting it shorter and now don’t sweat as much. So while it's normal for semen to have an odor, a change in scent—like it becomes foul—can be a clue to a health issue, such as an STI. If you workout and your scalp gets sweaty in the process, again, dry it with a blower as soon as you can and don't go to bed with wet hair either. It is described as a condition whereby an individual develops a smelly scalp even after washing his/her hair thrice in a day. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the Hypothyroidism community. If the smell continues after a couple weeks or you have other symptoms such as excess hair or sudden acne, visit your primary care physician or dermatologist. [–]Dodapdado 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (0 children). Are you drinking a lot of alcohol? I've washe my hair with t-gel shampoo, dial soap, a prescription anti fungal soap, and tea tree shampoo. Could that have anything to do with it? I don't know what else to do? Then I found a shampoo called Sebcur available at most pharmacies...and it cleared everything! Ugh you're better off than me. How long are you going between washes? I had a malassezia infection for a year and I let it sit in my long thick hair and I’ve had some shedding/miniaturization and I feel like my hair gets greasy so easily now like I would wash my hair then the next day it would greasy and if I jumped or did something I would smell it xI, [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago (2 children). Alcohol maybe once every 2 weeks. But now that I do it more often, the hair follicles on my scalp feel tender and sensitive. It never feels like it's clean. You will also be subject to slightly stronger moderation, in accordance with rule 4. International Journal of Trichology Archive, Chemical and Physical Behavior of Human Hair by Clarence R. Robbins. The specific issue goes by a variety of names, although the most common names are smelly scalp syndrome (SSS) and smelly hair syndrome (SHS). After summer had passed I started my senior year of college and I was honestly feeling horrible at this point. I don't know what else it could be. I found something on smelly hair syndrome and is done all of those things. Thanks for your time! Also, get a new doctor. [–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago (2 children). People with oily hair are more prone to this condition. [–]jayysaw 10 points11 points12 points 1 year ago (0 children). She prescribed me a medicated shampoo called Stieprox and got me an appointment with a dermatologist. That’s the only thing that gives me relief so I have no clue what to advise someone. After you get out of the shower, blow dry your hair right away, hot or cool doesn't matter, you want to get your hair on your scalp at least fully dry. Yeah, I'm trying to avoid that. So the only other symptom I can think of was that I became just a greasy person in general after getting off BC (didn't realize how helpful it was at regulating hormones). Insights? Bacterial growth. You can pick it up at most pharmacies. I did read a thread recently where girls were talking about braiding their hair while it was damp and the hair getting smelly because it never dried properly. Rendered by PID 21194 on r2-app-0f7cb880d2dd372ce at 2020-12-02 11:38:53.513129+00:00 running 31b5616 country code: NL. My boyfriend is about a foot taller than me and I just feel so self conscious when he hugs me or anything in fear of him catching a whiff of my disgusting scalp. I'm only 5'1 and I had gotten up to 135lbs that summer when my normal weight ranges from 115-120. I'm getting a haircut to really thin out the hair on my head so it doesn't trap as much heat, especially for the summer. Read the articles in the sidebar first - they may answer your question. It's a hormonal condition and since you mentioned it started after coming off birth control, I immediately thought of that. I had no clue what it meant but my doctor explained it to me and I felt such a relief to know that it wasn't just the stress of college that was bringing me down. Go to doc to ask for derm referral. We welcome anyone who is looking for haircare advice, as well as anyone experienced and knowledgeable in the matter who would like to help others. Spray the diluted solution directly on our scalp will your scalp is wet, massage it in and let it sit for 5-10min, then get in the shower and wash your hair like normal afterwards. Infected patients are presumed to have excessive oil and sweat secretion that worsen the condition. It kept infection at bay, but it dried the hell out of my skin. I have to agree with the doctor that it is likely a fungal or bacterial infection. Hope you get some answers! Courtesy of brand. I would shampoo and the smell would come back within hours! Me too. If your hair smells like “wet dog” it’s probably bacteria inside the hair shaft (since this is the reason dogs smell like that). No one is exempted from this embarrassing condition. This is what I was thinking as well until my doctor said he didn't see anything. Nothing just that toner with hydrogen peroxide. It can be a really slow and long process to getting the flora your scalp rebalanced but it is definitely attainable, stick with the prescribed shampoo, that is going to be your biggest help. Of course, the most obvious explanation is lazy hygiene. [–]kaylatastikk 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago (0 children). It seems like it started to smell badly around October/November of last year. It smells like cheese and it emanates out of me like an aura when I move around, [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 1 point2 points3 points 1 year ago (3 children). I'm sure it was a hormonal issue so I took better care of my diet and stress management, started exercising more also. As your body is back and forth, the icky managed to take over again (remember, this is all a possible scenario - I have no idea if it is correct, but it makes sense to me). This was before I cut my hair notice the red bump? 4. Get a second opinion from a doctor who won't minimize your concerns. Chlorine could possibly help with that, at least it does with some bacterial skin infections, like secondary infections from atopic dermatitis. Washing the hair may only do little to … It's interesting you mentioned this because my sister has it too. Another tip is using dry shampoo on your roots between washes. I spray a squirt on my scalp just above my ears just because I prefer that to wearing it on my neck and it gently releases the smell all day long. I'm desperate for some help or insight about what's been going on with my scalp. I looked into the symptoms and I don't have any of the other ones mentioned, however. I honestly thought my diet is not bad. I am sure that your hypothyroidism has something to do with it because your thyroid controls everything. So important for your general health. So most my life I have been a pretty healthy person. All information links must be to primary research, or to sites that cite their sources. The hair can be shampooed as well with a mild product. Target Smelly Bacteria. What if it is something hormonal, or something else that can easily be detected through a (simple) blood test. I found something on smelly hair syndrome and is done all of those things. But I might as well not wait around! Check the webpage to see if your vote registered! Do you think that's worth giving a shot for a week or two? Onion Juice. Give it a spray, brush it through and then rub it out with a microfiber towel. Between the smell and the scalp sensitivity it sounds like a scalp biome/flora imbalance that has let to an overgrowth of fungus aka a fungal infection. Thanks for your insight! That's how out of the ordinary, but serious, problems get missed. Never had this issue before and I worked out lots and wore hats all the time... [–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 1 year ago (0 children). Some female-specific probiotics could help also if it’s yeast. Smelly hair syndrome is the main cause of this stinky condition. Come to find out, they needed to draw more blood because my thyroid test came back as 11.32 when the range is between .40-4.50. You know what I'm suspecting it could be? I had one earlier this year and although my scalp wasn’t smelly, I had rashes and dandruff like crazy and I think I got it from sweating too much. You should definitely head to a dermatologist for the best treatment, if you need a referral in order to see one then definitely see another doctor that will actually listen to your concerns and either treat you themselves or give you a proper dermatologist referral. I quit smoking through vaping a few years ago and I learned that a lot of the e-juices on the market contain artificial sweetners. moldy cheese, rancid butter, dirty socks, mold, musty, wet dog…. Just remember to follow the rules below. I know it will take time. im due to go to the doctor soon and i was thinking about requesting to see a dermatologist, ill keep y'all updated as to what has happened, if it happens! It was gradual and now it's full blown stinky after a day or two. I've tried ACV rinses, baking soda paste, tea tree oil, lavender oil, head and shoulders, t-gel, nutrogena clarifying shampoo, nizoral, oily scalp shampoos, natural shampoo bar from lush. It smells like cheese and it emanates out of me like an aura when I move around, lol. I'll give those shampoos you suggested a try. © 2020 reddit inc. All rights reserved. Let it stay for 15 minutes and rinse off. Why now?? If not, post a thread. Have you ever heard of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)? Yeast has a cheesy smell and considering op had fungal acne all signs point fungal. Perhaps ingesting all that could have created an imbalance in the body. Here are some of the easy, and natural methods to remove hair smell quickly. Hey thanks! At that point I had no clue what that meant but I just went along with it and got my blood drawn again for a retest. [–]LBisme 13 points14 points15 points 1 year ago (0 children). So - you have tried all of the topical treatments. But then suddenly around December, my scalp REEKED! The bad smell is not that obvious when the hair is just newly washed, but throughout the day the pungent smell increases. Smelly hair in children is also called smelly scalp syndrome. Hi! According to the people who have commented on our blog, the olfactory character of the smell varies from person to person. You can get tea tree oil in a few forms but whatever you do, do NOT applied it undiluted to your skin. I also use some spray with essential oils to help mask the smell. The shampoo worked wonders but suddenly it was on back order at every pharmacy for months. I tried the neutrogena clarifying shampoo and honestly thought it was gonna do the trick because I felt so clean after washing but it started to smell again after 2 days. When the skin on your scalp secretes too much oil and sweat, it can start to smell quickly. Devoted to the education, treatment, and healing of all forms of hypothyroidism. There are many causes. REDDIT and the ALIEN Logo are registered trademarks of reddit inc. π Rendered by PID 21194 on r2-app-0f7cb880d2dd372ce at 2020-12-02 11:38:53.513129+00:00 running 31b5616 country code: NL. [–]ToastemPopUp 7 points8 points9 points 1 year ago (0 children). Alcohol, onions, and dairy products create a certain unpleasant odor when I eat them. Too many shampoo-free days. After you get out of the shower, blow dry your hair right away, hot or cool doesn't matter, you want to get your hair on your scalp at least fully dry. Maple Holistics Degrease Shampoo. Also, both bacteria and fungus generally like to live in warm damp environments, which your head is both of those things, so help your body out while in this period of rebalancing and keep your head dry. The articles that I read suggested using Dial antibacterial body wash and sulfur containing soaps. I am currently subclinical hypo but whenever my hypo is acting up my hair reeks!!! It sounds like either a yeast infection or you’re allergic to a component of the shampoos. Once it started to smell was your hair getting greasier faster then it before? (self.HaircareScience). Add several drops of tea tree oil to your current shampoo but like I said, be weary, tea tree oil is very potent and can hurt your skin if you put it on full strength so you are going to want to use it only in diluted form you can start with like a 1-2% ratio and increase from there after if needed and as tolerated. Rinse the hair with cold water. In this light, it is possible that it got better when you first started the thyroid pills because your body got stronger and the normal balance was established (less of the odor causing agent). I gave in and went and she ran more tests. If you workout and your scalp gets sweaty in the process, again, dry it with a blower as soon as you can and don't go to bed with wet hair either. He figured it could be a fungus in my scalp but told me to go to my family doctor because it could be related to my thyroid and she would be better to help me with that since she's been working on it from the start. It could possibly be a yeast/fungal infection. So, what is your diet like? The term Smelly Hair Syndrome speaks for itself. I say you discuss this with your doc. I’ve noticed a huge improvement with weekly use of nizoral, but the smell is still there. Good luck! Include details about your routine, such as washing and styling method, sources of hair stress, products used, and any special restrictions. [–]Iledahorsetowater 9 points10 points11 points 1 year ago (0 children). Could help me out from sweating from my scalp at least. I just saw the clarifying, [–]Zorgsmom 4 points5 points6 points 1 year ago (2 children). [–][deleted] 5 points6 points7 points 1 year ago (0 children), If you don’t wash your hair for a while and you notice red spots then it means it’s greasy and you seriously need to wash it daily. My second test came back again and this time it was a 9.72 and the test for TSH Free T4 was .93 which was okay, but my anti-thyroid antibodies were 570 when they should be 34 or less. Researchers haven’t pinpointed a cause for smelly hair syndrome, but Romanowski recommends treating it with Dial antibacterial liquid body wash and soaps that contain sulfur. Coffee, 2 cups a day at most. If your posting history indicates that you are a company or product representative, we will assign you associated flair. But then it smells like perfume and cheese, so it doesn't really mask the smell. Your doctor should be able to tell you how frequently you should use the shampoo, for some people it's once a week in between regular shampooings, for others its more frequently, defer to your dermatologist's judgement. Smelly scalp, doctor didn't find anything wrong, desperate for change! Some describe it as "... stinks like a diaper." I’m desperate and want this issue to go away so bad. I am a carcinogenic bot | info, [–]it-smells-like-fish -2 points-1 points0 points 1 year ago (1 child), [–]B0tRank -1 points0 points1 point 1 year ago (0 children). Now I alternate between Neutrogena clarifying shampoo, a tea tree oil one or Sebcur. Another suggested making your own shampoo with baking soda. She ran the normal thyroid test which came back at 18.060, LH test which was 9.3, FSH was 4.6 and the Thyroid Peroxidase was 1244 when the range was 0-34. Maybe try eliminating one food for a couple of weeks on your own and see if it makes a difference. BUT IT WASN'T ALWAYS LIKE THIS. I have searched endlessly on the internet and I have come up with basically nothing! [–]tangerines-are-tasty 47 points48 points49 points 1 year ago (3 children). Nizoral DOES help... for a while.. perhaps it could be pcos or hormonal related. When I read the first part on my reddit feed (and didn't read the getting-off-birth-control part yet) I was thinking "what if this is hormonal?". It is mainly people with oily scalp who have this problem. With that out of the way here is how you can utilize it: You can use the tea tree oil in addition to the Ketoconazole shampoo. Buy Now. [–]sharksnack3264 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago (0 children). Shampoos that contain a lot of sulfur can help with a smelly scalp and hair. The symptoms of smelly hair We discovered that Smelly Hair Syndrome manifests in one striking symptom: a horrific odor that emanates from the hair and scalp. The body doesn't tend to stink, with the exception of the underarms and pubic area, which is typically a mixture of the sweat smell and bacteria/yeast. Good luck on your upcoming blood work though! use the following search parameters to narrow your results: This subreddit aims to provide resources for achieving better hair quality through scientific research in trichology, physiology, chemistry, and biology. You can view results here. It’s not as bad now so it’s definitely manageable. and join one of thousands of communities. The story typically goes that their scalp smells bad and no matter what they do, they just can’t get rid of the smell. Spray bottle with diluted tea tree oil in water. [–]SqueezeTheShamansTit 6 points7 points8 points 1 year ago (0 children), You can get it at Walgreens and cvs here in the states, [–]jennawhoreusrex 3 points4 points5 points 1 year ago (2 children). It's only been a couple months since I have been on treatment for hypothyroid so I'm still kind of lost as to how this all works. You could be suffering from what experts have dubbed Smelly Hair Syndrome (SHS) — a condition which can leave the sufferer both acutely embarrassed and at a loss for either the cause or the cure. I might have to save up some money and see a private dermatologist. I've washe my hair with t-gel shampoo, dial soap, a prescription anti fungal soap, and tea tree shampoo. Sorry that this is happening. They tend to be the best with pcos. Providing a close-up, naturally-lit photo can help us deduce what advice you need. It needs to be addressed). Tea tree oil help kill off some of the fungus in the mean time which will help with the imbalance of fungal flora on your scalp. I think you should try neutrogena T gel. [–]Raggedy_ann90[S] 2 points3 points4 points 1 year ago (0 children).