Seborrheic dermatitis

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Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition defined by skin flaking. Generally, the flaking occurs on the face, scalp and behind the ears. Oftentimes, dense layers of scales form on the skin.

Remember that there is no precise cause for the condition. Sometimes, it arises if there are alterations in the hormones or if a form of yeast or fungus infects the skin. One is likely to end up with seborrheic dermatitis if diagnosed with epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease.

What are the indications?

The indications of seborrheic dermatitis range from minor to severe such as:

  • Peeling of dry skin from the scalp or accumulation of waxy dead skin behind the ear lobes
  • Reddened skin on the center of the forehead and on either flank of the nose especially the skin creases
  • Flaking or scale-like skin might develop on the eyelids at the base of the eyelashes
  • Reddened skin beneath and bordering the thick layers of scales
    Seborrheic dermatitis
    Peeling of dry skin from the scalp or accumulation of waxy dead skin behind the ear lobes.

Management of seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis often comes and goes and does not require treatment. Regular shampooing using an anti-seborrhea shampoo can prevent the frequency of flare-ups.

In case treatment is needed, it is aimed on reducing the inflammation and accumulation of yeast on the skin to lessen the scaling. The treatment is based on the site and seriousness of the condition.

  • If the scalp is affected, a dandruff shampoo that contains selenium or zinc is necessary. It can also ease the rashes on neighboring skin such as the eyebrows and forehead.
  • A steroid cream or lotion might be used for severe cases on the scalp.
  • Creams for yeast infections are oftentimes given to control the condition especially if the scalp or skin is affected.
  • If there is buildup on the eyelids especially at the base of the eyelashes, you can utilize a mixture of mild shampoo and water on the eyelids using a cotton swab daily.

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