Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is one of the common, non fatal skin conditions, usually found as scaling rashes in areas of skin, usually in the scalp, on the face, behind ears and nasolabial folds. The condition is generally associated with oily skin areas.

Another spelling is Seborrhoeic dermatitis.

The same shouldn’t be associated with Dyshidrotic eczema though.

The condition may appear at any age post puberty in humans irrespective of gender. The condition may exist in an individual for years and might change in its intensity positively or negatively over time.

Dandruff, is considered to be mild form of Seborrheic dermatitis by most of the experts in the domain, with the main differentiating factor between the two being the absence of inflammation and redness in the case of dandruff and its absence outside of the scalp.

As in the case with dandruff, Seborrheic dermatitis is thought to be caused excessive sebum production and the related aggravated activity of the fungi Malassezia globosa and Malassezia restricta, naturally found on the skin of all humans, especially on the scalp, face and upper body, where the fungi lives off the fat.

Seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis closely resemble in their symptoms and require a dermatologist to diagnose properly and sometimes involves the use of prescription drugs in their treatment.

Causes of Seborrheic dermatitis

Apart from the aggravation of M. globosa activity on the scalp, Seborrheic dermatitis is known to be caused by factors which are:

  • Environmental
  • Genetic
  • Immune system related
  • Deprivation of essential nutrients
  • And hormonal

It may get aggravated due to stress, illnesses, season changes, fatigue and sleep deprivation.

Also Parkinson’s disease as well as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infections can cause the condition.

One of the common skin conditions that affect the scalp of babies and toddlers, cradle cap is also a variation of seborrheic dermatitis.

Proper control of the condition is essential to the maintenance of a healthy skin, whether in infants or in adults. The methods to remove Seborrheic dermatitis are the same as the methods to get rid of dandruff, but if the case is not cured with the use of home remedies, a visit to your dermatologist is highly recommended.

Also, take a look at the other causes of an itchy scalp to make sure you are suffering from the right issue.

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