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Seborrheic Dermatitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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  80 feet road indira nagar, Bengaluru     Aug 21, 2019

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Seborrhoea is a skin disease which causes itchy rashes and flaking of the skin on the body and scalp. It causes scaly patches, red skin and too much dandruff, and it can also affect oily areas of the body such as the face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids and chest.

It is similar to psoriasis and looks like an allergic reaction.

Causes of Seborrhoea

There are a number of factors that combine to cause this problem:

  • Oily skin
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Dry skin
  • Cold weather
  • Acne
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Certain medicines and medical conditions

This disease causes cancer if it develops in the scalp. However, it can affect the skin on any part of the body. It can develop on the face on your nose and behind the ears or even on the body in the chest, underarms or legs.

It causes itching and burning sensation of the skin. The skin appears red and ones it flakes it appears white or yellowish. The flakes are usually oily or moist.

Symptoms and Risk Factors of Seborrheic Dermatitis

The symptoms of seborrheic symptoms include:

  • Skin flakes on scalp, hair, eyebrows, and beard
  • Patches of greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales
  • Red skin
  • Itching

Risk factors for Seborrheic Dermatitis

There are several factors which can increase the risk of developing seborrheic dermatitis, including:

  • Conditions like, such as Parkinson’s disease and depression
  • A weakened immune system
  • Recovery from medical conditions, such as heart attack
  • Some medications

Diagnosis of Seborrheic Dermatitis

The doctor can diagnose Seborrheic Dermatitis by examining the skin. The doctor may scrape off skin cells for examination to rule out conditions with symptoms similar to Seborrheic Dermatitis, including:

  • Psoriasis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Tinea versicolor
  • rosacea

Treatment and prevention of Seborrheic Dermatitis

It is mostly a lifelong issue that appears and disappears from time to time and rarely clears up on its own. It can, however, be controlled with a good skincare regime.

If it has affected the scalp, use an anti-dandruff shampoo and rub your scalp to get rid of the dead cells while rinsing. While looking for shampoos look for ingredients like salicylic acid and ketoconazole which can help specifically with seborrhoea.

On other parts like the face and body, make sure you keep the skin clean by washing it with soap every day. Outdoor exercises can help by killing yeast and others that inflame the skin but make sure you use sunscreen.

It is best to consult a doctor and take the right medication as using shampoos extensively might not eliminate your problem and cause damage to your hair and scalp. A regular skincare routine and hair wash can help prevent dandruff and skin irritation. 

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