Seborrheic Dermatitis

What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that causes a red, scaly, itchy rash. It can occur anywhere on your body, including your face, scalp, chest, armpits, and ears. Seborrheic dermatitis is usually quite stubborn and hard to get rid of, but there are treatment options available.

What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown. It does seem to be related to hormones, stress, and increased production of natural oils from the skin. Some people are more likely to develop seborrheic dermatitis due to genetic factors.

Risk Factors

The following factors may increase your risk of developing seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Being an adult
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Being under stress
  • Having Parkinson's disease
  • Having HIV/AIDS
  • Having an oily complexion
  • Living in a hot and humid climate
  • Having psoriasis

Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis

The most common symptom of seborrheic dermatitis is a scaly, red rash. This rash may be greasy and itchy. Other symptoms can include:

  • Flaking of the skin on the face, scalp, or chest
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Red patches of skin
  • White or yellow scales on the skin

Treatment Of Seborrheic Dermatitis

Treatment of seborrheic dermatitis usually includes a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. This may include avoiding irritants, such as stress, certain chemicals, and certain foods. For more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe steroid creams or other medications to reduce inflammation and control the sores. In some cases, your doctor may also recommend light therapy.