6 Replies to “Cheese Smell Behind Ears: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment”

  1. It’s fungus. Smells like cheese because that’s a mold. It’s caused by dandruff. Dandruff is caused by fungus. Using the dandruff shampoo Nizoral for 8 weeks (as directed) will stop it. The 4 oz. bottle will do it as it’s used once per week. Then just touch ups after that. If you have dandruff real bad, the flakes will be large and scabbing and itching may be present in the ears and on the eyebrows where the dandruff falls. After Nizoral, the flakes will shrink to nothing all the way to just tiny specks barely visible, which is the normal kind. Shaving the head is not required. Stop using a shampoo that moisturizes as that leaves the scalp too moist and prone to fungus. Switching to Ivory soap (the soap that floats) works as both a body soap and a hair cleaner (shampoo). Ivory soap is pure. Also, stop using a shower head that blasts the body with powerful jets of water as that pounds out too much body oil and leaves the body wanting lotion. Use lotion sparingly as that can grow fungus underneath. Basically, we’re doing it to ourselves as we buy these over-marketed products.

    • Thank you, Taylor, for your recommendation. And yes, a fungus is a possible cause for dandruff, itchy, irritated scalp and even the cheese smell behind ears.

  2. I suffered with this. I used a spray bottle with 3 quarters vinegar, the rest with water. Spray anywhere on the body. It’s harmless and can be used safely.

    • Great idea, both for preventing and sometimes treating cheese smell behind ears. I would like to add that cleaning with warm water and a gentle soap every day can also help prevent bad smells behind the ears. If you have long hair or engage in activities that cause excessive sweating, it could help to also wash behind the ears with warm water and soap every morning and evening before sleep and always dry with a towel.

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