Seborrheic Dermatitis Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrhea, sebopsoriasis, seborrheic eczema, and dandruff and pityriasis capitis is a chronic, relapsing and usually mild dermatitis.

In infants seborrheic dermatitis is called cradle cap.

It is an inflammatory skin disorder affecting the scalp, face, and torso.  It particularly affects the sebaceous-gland-rich areas of skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis doesn’t affect one’s overall health, but it can be uncomfortable and cause embarrassment. It isn’t contagious, and it’s not a sign of poor personal hygiene.

Causes of Seborrheic Dermatitis:

The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is yet unknown.

However, it is thought to result from a combination of the following factors:

A number of factors increase the risk of developing seborrheic dermatitis, including:

  1. Parkinson’s disease
  2. depression
  1. organ transplant recipients
  2. people with HIV/AIDS
  3. alcoholic pancreatitis
  1. diabetes
  1. Acne
  2. Eating disorders
  3. Epilepsy
  4. Psoriasis
  5. Rosacea

Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis:

The following signs and symptoms are exhibited by Seborrheic Dermatitis:

The following regions are susceptible to Seborrheic Dermatitis:

Diagnosis of Seborrheic Dermatitis:

The doctor may scrape off skin cells for examination (biopsy) to rule out conditions with some symptoms similar to seborrheic dermatitis, including:

  1. This disorder also causes dandruff and red skin covered with flakes and scales
  1. This skin reaction causes itchy, inflamed skin in the folds of the elbows, on the backs of the knees or on the front of the neck
  1. This condition usually occurs on the face and has very little scaliness.

Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis:

Medicated shampoos, creams and lotions are the main treatments for seborrheic dermatitis.
The following treatments are available:

  1. Prescription-strength hydrocortisone
  2. fluocinolone
  3. desonide (Desowen, Desonide)
  1. Ketoconazole shampoo
  1. metronidazole (Metrolotion, Metrogel)

By : Natural Health News

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