Seborrheic dermatitis is different than dandruff. Dandruff usually limits itself to the scalp and is characterized by scaling without redness, while seborrheic dermatitis has both redness and scaling.
Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammation of the upper layers of skin, characterized by red, itchy skin that sheds scales. Seborrheic dermatitis may be a hereditary condition and is often aggravated by hormonal changes and cold weather conditions.
Seborrheic dermatitis is most common during:
The following are some of the other symptoms associated with seborrheic dermatitis. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
A complete medical history and physical examination helps the doctor in diagnosing seborrheic dermatitis.
Specific treatment for seborrheic dermatitis will be determined by your doctor based on:
Although the condition responds to treatment, it may recur. Treatment depends on the inflammation's location and is usually effective in alleviating symptoms. Treatments may include:
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