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Seborrheic dermatitis is a type if eczema that develops at the scalp where it is oily and waxy. This skin condition may spread however to the face and also to the neck. This is a chronic type of eczema which flares up during cold weather.
Aside from the skin of the face and neck, seborrheic dermatitis can also be generalized which is found in severe cases. It can also be called cradle cap, dandruff or seborrhea.
Signs and symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis can vary from day to day depending on the weather condition. Here are the most common skin characteristics of seborrheic dermatitis:
• The skin in seborrheic dermatitis can appear as oily and waxy. Skin can also be seen as flaking and scaling.
• The scales can be colored yellow to brown.
• The scaly patches can appear in any area of the body where there are oil producing glands.
• There could be occasional itching but there is stinging and intense itching when an infection develops due to scratching.
Seborrheic dermatitis can develop in all races. This skin condition can begin during infancy up to 70 years old. During infancy, the development of seborrheic dermatitis usually starts to clear up by the 9th to 12 month. Both male and female can develop seborrheic dermatitis.
There is no specific cause of seborrheic dermatitis but skin experts believe that a combination of factors can place a person at risk of developing this skin condition:
• People living in cold and dry climates are prone to develop seborrheic dermatitis.
• Males are more prone and may have more severe cases of seborrheic dermatitis as compared to women. Obese people are also more prone.
• Having oily scalp or hair can increase your risk.
• A family history of dermatitis can increase your risk in having seborrheic dermatitis.
• Using alcohol based lotions or creams can also place you at risk of developing seborrheic dermatitis.
• People with decreased immune system functioning are more prone to get this type of eczema.
There is no cure for seborrheic dermatitis only treatments that can control the itch and the development of flakes and crust on the scalp:
• Infants can benefit to constant shampooing with a mild baby shampoo. Scales and crusts can be brushed away easily. Seborrheic dermatitis on the body is treated with topical corticosteroids or antifungal medications. Your dermatologist can best advice the ideal treatment for your baby’s condition.
• Adolescents and adults with seborrheic dermatitis can also benefit from frequent shampoos prescribed by dermatologists. There are also dandruff shampoos that can be bought over the counter that are proven effective for seborrheic dermatitis. Flakes and crusts can be brushed off easily. Seborrheic dermatitis on the body can also be treated with topical corticosteroid creams and antifungal medication.
Seborrheic dermatitis can be prevented with frequent shampooing and sticking to a skin and hair regimen prescribed by your doctor. It is also important to note that activities that can make you sweat can flare up seborrheic dermatitis attacks especially on the body.
Learn to manage stress since it is a known factor that aggravates most eczema types. Always maintain good hair and skin hygiene plus increase your body’s immune system health by taking supplements and eating healthy every day.
Always follow your dermatologist’s advice especially in using herbal remedies and skin care regimens for the first time to help treat seborrheic dermatitis.