Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatments

Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) is a very common skin disease among adults ages 30 to 60 that causes a rash that can itch and can come and go throughout a person’s life. It is more prevalent in men. Seborrheic dermatitis in an infant is called cradle cap and generally disappears by one year of age. Though generally harmless, the risk of infection increases when seborrheic dermatitis is irritated or scratched. If a rash shows signs of infection, becomes painful, swollen, or drains pus, see a dermatologist.

Causes:  Genetics, overall health, stress, cold dry climates, and yeast that lives on normal skin may contribute to the occurrence of seborrheic dermatitis. The risk also increases alongside acne, psoriasis, rosacea, eating disorders, depression, alcoholism, HIV, recovery from stroke or heart attack, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and taking certain medications. Dandruff is not caused by allergy or poor hygiene.

Symptoms: Generally pale yellow scaly patches that can look greasy and can flake off to reveal reddish skin characterize seborrheic dermatitis. It can itch or burn, especially on the scalp or in the ear canal. The condition can also be found on the eyelids, on the skin beneath the eyebrows, in the center of the face, on the upper back, armpits and chest, and under breasts, around the navel, on the buttocks, and in the groin.

Basic Formula for recovery/healing/improvement: Seborrheic dermatitis can generally be diagnosed with a close examination of the skin and rash, though a biopsy may be taken to rule out other similar skin conditions. Other tests may be done to determine if seborrheic dermatitis may be a sign of a related underlying or medical condition. With treatment, scale can be loosened and removed, swelling can be reduced, and skin infection can be avoided. Treatment plans may include medicated shampoos, topical or oral medicines, barrier creams and lifestyle changes. Though seborrheic dermatitis may last for years, clearing and flaring up without warning, treatment can control it.

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