Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp

Seborrheic Dermatitis of the Scalp

Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, also known as cradle cap, is a common skin condition characterized by scaly patches, red skin, and itchiness. It usually affects the scalp, but it can also appear on the face, chest, and other areas. The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp is unknown, but certain risk factors are associated with it, including stress, a weak immune system, and hormonal changes.

A diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp is typically based on a physical examination and discussing medical history with the patient. Treatment options are usually tailored to the patient's individual needs and may include the following:

  • Over-the-counter antifungal shampoo
  • Prescription antifungal medications and creams
  • Topical steroids
  • Phototherapy
  • Oral medications, such as antibiotics and antifungals

In addition to the above treatments, strategies such as avoiding triggers, controlling stress, maintaining good hygiene, and using moisturizing products may help reduce the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp.