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What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease that affects the scalp, face, and skin folds. It’s non-contagious and non-fatal, but it can greatly impact a patient’s self-esteem due to physical discomfort and social embarrassment.

What are the Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by red plaques and greasy, yellowish scales in parts of the body that are rich in sebaceous glands. It’s distributed symmetrically in the affected area, has a seasonal pattern (more prevalent in the winter), and may aggravate upon sleep deprivation and stress.

Patients with immunosuppression such as those with AIDS usually present with more severe disease that doesn’t respond to treatment. They also present with the disease in unusual sites such as the extremities. They may also present with other skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, and acne.

What causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

The exact mechanism of how seborrheic dermatitis occurs isn’t yet well-understood, but studies have implicated several factors that may be associated with this skin disorder. These factors include fungal colonization, sebaceous gland activity, individual susceptibility, and nutrition.

What is the treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis?

There is no specific cure for seborrheic dermatitis, but there are many treatments available to minimize and manage symptoms. Over the counter shampoos containing salicylic acid, zinc, or selenium sulfide can be very effective to keep symptoms at bay.

For more persistent or bothersome symptoms, prescription antifungal and anti-inflammatory agents can provide relief. There are shampoos, creams, gels, and foams available to optimally treat symptoms wherever they present.

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