It is an inflammatory condition of the skin that causes greasy scales or dry, flaking whitish scales over red patches. It may itch, but it is usually not painful unless infected.
Seborrheic dermatitis often affects the scalp. The mild form is called dandruff. When it appears in infants, it is called cradle cap. It can also affect the skin on other parts of the body, such as the face (eyebrows. eyelids, and forehead). chest, and the creases of the arms, legs, and groin.
Seborriteic dermatitis is a chronic condition that is often characterized by long periods of inactivity. During active phases, symptoms can be controlled with treatment.
What causes seborrheic dermatitis?
The exact cause isn't known. Seborrheic dermatitis occurs when a certain part of your skin that has oil-producing glands becomes inflamed. It may be caused by a fungus or yeast infection, but it is not considered contagious.
This yeast-like fungus is normally present in the skin. Sometimes it multiplies in volume, resulting in the development of seborrheic dermatitis. It may be related to hormones, because the disorder often appears in infancy and disappears in childhood and then reappears after puberty.
Who gets seborrheic dermatitis?
It is a common skin condition that's often inherited. Seborrheic dermatitis most often occurs in babies younger than 3 months of age and in adults from 30 to 60 years of age. In adults, it's slightly more common in men than in women.
What can be done to relieve my seborrheic dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is a stubborn skin condition. Fortunately it can be treated and controlled, although there is not a cure. The treatment of seborrheic dermatitis depends on where it appears on your body and on your age. See your dermatologist for treatment.
Here are some things you can start doing to help your skin feel better
- Avoid hot, humid weather or cold, dry weather
- Shampoo frequently with anti fungal shampoo
- Dry skin folds thoroughly after bathing
- Wear loose, ventilating clothing
- Avoid foods that seem to worsen your condition