Did You Know?
Seborrheic dermatitis is different than dandruff. Dandruff usually limits itself to the scalp and is characterized by scaling without redness, while seborrheic dermatitis has both redness and scaling.
What is seborrheic dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammation of the upper layers of skin, characterized by red, itchy skin that sheds scales. A hereditary condition, seborrheic dermatitis is often aggravated by cold weather conditions.
Seborrheic dermatitis is most common during:
Persons with oily skin or hair are also more at risk for developing seborrheic dermatitis.
What are the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis?
The following are some of the other symptoms associated with seborrheic dermatitis. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
How is seborrheic dermatitis diagnosed?
A complete medical history and physical examination helps the physician in diagnosing seborrheic dermatitis.
Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis:
Specific treatment for seborrheic dermatitis will be determined by your physician based on:
Although the condition responds to treatment, it may recur. Treatment is usually effective in alleviating symptoms and may include: