4 Things You Need to Know About Seborrheic Dermatitis


The medical term ‘seborrheic dermatitis’ may be strange to you. It is okay because there are several things humans do not know. But if you want to gain some information about this condition, this article will help.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition

Seborrheic is very common. It is an inflammatory condition that looks similar to allergic reaction or eczema. Seborrheic dermatitis does not affect your health. It is only a skin problem, causing discomfort and embarrassment. If you have seborrheic dermatitis, the symptoms may make you feel that you are dirty.

Seborrheic dermatitis can disappear itself. But in most cases, it is a long-term condition. The symptoms may come and go. And the flare-up often occurs in winter when the weather is dry and cold.

If seborrheic develops in children, it is called cradle cap. In these cases, greasy patches can form on the baby’s scalps. Patches can thicken, but cradle cap is not dangerous and will not harm the baby. In other cases, a reddish rash can appear, covering much of the skin. However, seborrheic usually goes away between 6 months and 1 year.

The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown

The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown but some factors are talked to contribute to the occurrence. They include:

  • Stress
  • Genes
  • Sex: seborrheic dermatitis is more common in men than women.
  • Skin condition: seborrheic dermatitis is more common in people with oily skin than other skin types.
  • Dry and cold weather
  • A fungus called Malassezia that lives on the skin
  • Age: this condition more commonly occurs in babies 3 months of age and younger; and adult between 30 and 60 of age.
  • Certain medical treatments: if you take medications containing interferon, lithium, psoralen, you have a higher risk for seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Certain medical conditions, such as HIV, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, Parkinson’s disease, depression, eating disorders, heart attack recovery, stroke recovery, epilepsy, or alcoholism.

Symptoms can show up in different parts of the body

Symptoms can appear in several parts of your body. However, they most commonly show up on oily areas such as the face, especially around the nose; scalps; behind you ears or inside your ears. You may also notice symptoms in the middle part of your chest; on your buttocks; below your breasts; or in the folded skin areas under your arm, and on your legs.

These symptoms may include:

  • Dandruff in your hair, eyebrows
  • Greasy patches of skin with white or yellow scales
  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Burning and tingling

Seborrheic can be treated

If seborrheic dermatitis does not disappear itself, treatment can help you control the symptoms. Shampoos, creams, and lotions are involved in the treatment. Your dermatologist will recommend you to try home remedies before give you the prescription.

You can buy medicated or over-the-counter products at the drugstore. Look at the label to know if they are used to treat seborrheic dermatitis. You can look for certain ingredients, such as salicylic acid, resorcin coal tar, ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, or selenium sulfide. For babies, a dandruff shampoo can irritate their skins.

For the body, you should keep the affected areas clean and dry. Wash your body with warm water and mild soap every day. Some people feel better during summer when the weather is warm and sunlight may kill the fungus that contributes to seborrheic dermatitis. Other treatments include antifungal shampoos and medications, medications that strengthen your immune system, corticosteroid lotions, and light therapy.

You may receive treatment alone or in a combination. If your condition does not get better with treatment, or you notice pain, redness, swelling, and oozing; you should see your doctor.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disease. If you have the problem, you will notice the symptoms mostly on your scalps. For some people, seborrheic dermatitis can clear itself. But in most cases, it is a long-term condition and treatment will help you control it.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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