Seborrheic dermatitis is a common condition that generally affects the scalp areas. It can cause dandruff, red skin, and scaly patches. The condition can also affect the oilier areas of the body, including the face, back, and upper chest. In infants, it can cause a condition known as “cradle cap”. The condition is also known as seborrheic psoriasis, seborrheic eczema, and dandruff.
The symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include:
There are certain factors that increase your risk of developing seborrheic dermatitis including:
While this condition will not affect your general overall health, it can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition to deal with. However, you should know that seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious, nor is it an indication of poor personal hygiene.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a long-term condition and will require repeated, continued treatments. In addition, flare ups and symptoms may return.
If you have a mild case, there are several home remedies that may help you control this condition including:
You should consult with a doctor for more aggressive treatments if any of the symptoms cause:
During your exam, your doctor may scrape off some skin cells for further examination to rule out conditions that have similar symptoms. These conditions can include psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
Medical treatments for seborrheic dermatitis can include: