Persistent scalp odor...
I have a problem with an odor emanating from my scalp and skin in that area.
When it first started a few years ago when I was 24, my scalp became
*extremely* oily almost over night and was accompanied by a definite odor. I
couldn't ignore it if I wanted to and neither could many people around me.
After about a year, it lessened in intensity but has never completely
disappeared and is still with me. Since then, I've asked my doctor about it but
he could find nothing. The blood tests also showed nothing unusual except for a
slightly higher than normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. I then went
to a dermatologist who ruled out some suspected causes such as psoriasis and
dermatitis. He stated that my hair/scalp was cleaner than average but could
find nothing suspicious. He also had me try Nizoral shampoo (OTC and
prescription formulas) and Elocon lotion and also suggested cutting down on
any fatty foods. Nothing changed though the shampoos seemed to delay the
onset but only by hours and did not eliminate the problem. The specialist also
said that he has seen cases like this and that it's not unknown and appears to
be something a subset of the population has to cope with. I'm not buying it
As previously stated, it's not as bad as it used to be, but it's still obvious
and has been affecting my life for a while now. And it's not just in my head
(as the first "Dr" implied), I often notice people noticing me. As could be
expected, this has become a real problem in the workplace.
I'm wondering if anyone has encountered anything like this or might have any
suggestions. I'm more interested in hearing about possible internal issues and
doubt that a topical treatment will provide a solution. I found a few posts
regarding yeast infection of the digestive tract as a cause of someone's eczema
to be pretty interesting and started wondering if some internal infection might
be causing my malady. Currently, I'm taking the angle that something could be
going on internally and that my body is ridding itself of some form of waste
through the skin. I'm hoping this is a treatable condition and not a product of
some genetic anomoly I'll have to live with.
Worthy of mention: I've been a vegetarian for a few years before this started
happening and still am. I also eat pretty decently and don't care much for junk
foods. I have no known allergies, food or otherwise. I feel no physical
discomfort, and though my skin is a tiny bit oilier than average I have no acne