SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS: A SKIN DISEASE
Dr Jaya Sharma
Hrbr layout, Bengaluru Dec 22, 2017
Seborrhoea is a skin disease which causes itchy rashes and flacking of the skin on the body and scalp.
It is similar to psoriasis and looks like an allergic reaction.
What causes Seborrhoea?
There are a number factors that combine to cause this problem:
- Oily skin
- Dry skin
- Cold weather
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Certain medicines and medical conditions
This disease causes cancer if it develops in the scalp. However, it can effect 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, under arms 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.
Treatment and prevention
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 skin care regime.
If it has affected the scalp, use an antidandruff 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 skin care routine and hair wash can help prevent dandruff and skin irritation.