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Seborrheic Dermatitis 101

Posted on 20th Dec, 2016

“I can’t wear this black shirt – my dandruff will show up like crazy!” Ever had this thought?? Well, you are not alone. Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrheic eczema, is a serious skin condition that involves the inflammation of the skin – especially parts of the body that contain a lot of sebaceous glands. The most common places you can have seborrheic dermatitis are on the scalp, face, chest, and back. When seborrheic dermatitis is found on the scalp, it is more commonly known as dandruff.  Though it is more common in adults, it is possible for babies to have this condition, where it is known as cradle cap.

There can be multiple reasons for seborrheic dermatitis, but the main cause is the over-development of the yeast Malassezia, which is generally present on the skin. Some other causes of this condition include:

  • Stress
  • Change in weather (to colder weather)
  • Oily skin
  • Family history
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal problems

 

Some common signs that you may have seborrheic dermatitis are:

  • Skin flakes on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard, or mustache
  • Red patches on the skin
  • Red patches on the scalp
  • Itchy scalp
  • Scalp lesions
  • Patches of greasy skin covered with flakes on different parts of the body
  • Redness of eyelids

 

Some don’t’s while you have this condition:

  • Don’t use the medication if not prescribed by a doctor
  • Don’t scratch or pick at the affected areas as it may cause infection

Seborrheic dermatitis is a serious condition that can affect anyone. Lack of proper care can take toll on your beautiful skin and hair that you have always dreamt of. Visit your nearest doctor to get it treated!

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