A typical skin problem that primarily affects your scalp is seborrheic dermatitis. It results in skin inflammation, scaly patches, and flaky dandruff. The face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids, and chest are typical oily body regions affected. Although it doesn’t cause permanent hair loss and is not contagious, this condition can be unpleasant.
The “sebaceous” glands are referred to as “seborrheic” while “derm” is the scientific term for “skin.” It’s known as “cradle cap” when it affects a baby’s scalp and “dandruff” (pityriasis capitis) when it affects an adolescent or adult.
Without therapy, seborrheic dermatitis can fade away. To eliminate symptoms and stop flare–ups, you might also need to use medicated shampoo or other items on a long–term basis.
Dandruff, seborrheic eczema, and seborrheic psoriasis are other names for seborrheic dermatitis. Cradle cap is the term used to describe it when it affects infants.
Signs and symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis might include:
Seborrheic dermatitis signs and symptoms frequently worsen in response to stress, exhaustion, or seasonal changes.
If you experience these, consult your doctor:
It is unclear what causes seborrheic dermatitis. It might be brought on by the yeast Malassezia, too much sebum in the skin, or an immune system issue.
The following are risk factors for seborrheic dermatitis:
Infants under three months old and adults in their 30s to 60s are the most common age groups to experience it. It affects men more often than women, and Caucasians have a higher prevalence than African Americans.
You are more prone to get this type of dermatitis if you were born with naturally oily skin. You become more susceptible if your family has a history of psoriasis. Living in a dry, cold climate doesn’t cause seborrheic dermatitis, but it does make the condition worse.
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