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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Smell behind my ears

12/05/2007

Question:

i want to know why do i have a nasty smell behind my ears i shower every morning before work and by the end of the day they smell really bad also under my bottom lip i`ve tried everything but the smell comes rite back please can somone help me and tell me why they it smells so bad and what to do thank you

Answer:

It is possible that you have an infection (perhaps yeast?) It is also possible that you have a skin problem, since your problem involves both your ears and your lips. My recommendation is that you first see your primary doctor. You may then need to see a dermatologist (or an otolaryngologist). You may need steroid cream or other prescription medications.

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Response by:

Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Director of Adults Cochlear Implantation Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati