why do the back of my ears smell like cheese

Growing up I am sure we all heard the saying, whether from our moms or on TV, " don't forget to wash behind your ears". Personal I don't remember my mom speaking out those words, but I do remember my dad telling me not to forget to wash some other parts which I won't discuss at the moment, but of course equally as important. Ok, back on the subject. Did you ever rub your finger behind your ear and accidentally smelled your finger and noticed an unpleasant smell, which some people compare it to the smell of Swiss cheese? The odour behind your ears is due to oil-producing glands. These glands produce an oily fat called sebum. The body produces sebum naturally. Sebum in itself is odourless but its bacterial disintegration produces a smell. These odours are most prominent in oily areas of the skin like the face, behind the ears, under the arms, around the nipples and at the groin.


These are all natural odours the human body produces without will. We can mask these smells with perfumes and soaps, but that's all we're able to do, only mask them. The odours still exist under all that perfume. For lack of a better description, this is the scent bloodhounds follow when chasing someone in the woods. Not our perfume, but our natural body scent. Because of the fold between the ear and the skull the oil produced by the gland gather and are not evaporated easily as on other parts of our skin. These in it's self produces the odour. But also more bacteria can collect in between the skull and ear, thus causing a more profound smell. We have all seen on TV and movies where they rub cologne behind the ears.


Well this is not such a wise idea. The oils and bacteria along with the perfume can change the chemistry and produce a smell worse than the original natural odour. Some of us sweat more than other and most of us just wipe down our faces and forget to wipe behind the ears. Frequent sweating can logically increase bacteria behind the ears and thus increasing the smell. People who wear glass also tend to sweat more in this area. For people who tend to sweat more than others, especially in the hot summer season, it may be good practice to carry wet naps to clean behind the ears as needed. These naps also contain antibacterial ingredients. Hey! I've been caught in emergency situation where I've had to used these naps to refresh under my arms when duty called per say.


Yes! I was a good boy scout when I was younger, always prepared. There are of course many other conditions that can occur behind the ears that are more serious and in themselves cause odours. But these are usually outstanding to the touch and also visible. Conditions like lumps and cysts under the earlobe. These are usually treated by dermatologist by draining out the fatty oils accumulated. Some never return again. Sometimes the cysts come and go without intervention. These issues I would like to discuss on another article. As far as the issue of just a fowl smell behind the ears without other serious condition, don't lose any sleep over it. Just good old personal hygiene is all you really need to treat this condition.


That is why if you keep your skin clean of bacteria with anti-bacterial soaps, you can avoid body odour. the premier
I believe that its a mix of dribble and sweat build up in the ear and made worse with lack of air circulation. My daughter had this really bad during the last bout of heat. She always sleeps on her left side and it was that ear that had the problem. I was really rigorous with her ear cleaning - outside and in - and it still smelt. I think it continued to smell because the problem just kept happening in the heat. I never really worked out whether it was inside or out of the ear. Also make sure your child has clean sheets cot protector in case it is coming from the sheets. Could it be possible that your child didn t like his head being turned for the ear test?

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