Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is a skin condition that is chronic, relapsing and mild in severity.
When found in infants – called Craddle Cap.
This condition is an Inflammation process that affects the skin – areas affected are often the scalp, face, chest, and legs.
There is a scaly, flaky, itchy skin rash that is often slightly pink or red. It affects the sebaceous glands in the affected areas.
In Adolescents and Adults – area affected is scalp similar to Dandruff or Nasolabial fold.
Symptoms begin gradually and usually first begin on the scalp. In children – symptoms may last a few days. In Adults – symptoms my last from a few weeks to years. More often seen in men than women.
A specialist needs to be called when self care has no affect on symptoms.
The exact cause is unknown – possible weakened immune system, lack of nutrients, or issues with the Nervous System.
– Rash (face, behind ears, skin folds)
– Rash color – yellow, white, grayish
– Redness of skin – Eyelashes, Forehead, Nose, Chest, Upper back
– Flaking of skin – Eyelashes, Forehead, Nose, Chest, Upper back
– Skin itching
– In Severe Cases
– Pimples along hairline, behind ears, ear canal, eyebrows, nose, side of nose, chest, upper back
– Hair loss
– Thick crusts
– The exact cause is unknown – possible weakened immune system, lack of nutrients, or issues with the Nervous System.
– Another potential cause may involve a reaction to a form of the yeast called Malassezia – though this has not been proven.
– There may be something related to Genetics, hormonal, or environmental.
– It may be aggravated by illness, fatigue, change of seasons, lack of sleep, or stress.
– In children, excessive Vitamin A can cause worsening symptoms.
– A clean scalp is extremely important – this prevents worsening symptoms and flare-ups in some cases. (But not all)
– OTC (Over-the-counter) antifungal shampoo. (Use a few times a week)
– Both natural and UV radiation helps curb Mallassezia yeast
OTC Medications and Prescription Medications
. Topical Steroids
. Keratolytics – Topical Urea
. Antihistamines to stop itching
. Coal tar shampoo
. Isotretinoin – as a last resort
Some Dermatologists recommend using photodynamic Therapy using UV-A and UV-B laser or red and blue LED light.