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Itchy red patches with crusty scales might not be seasonal allergies. This condition could be caused by seborrheic dermatitis, a chronic skin condition that will most likely obstruct your normal day to day life. Also popularly called Seborrhea, it could be very itchy and yes, it looks very unpleasant.
We are here to help you know more about this type of skin problem. dr. dream presents 23 Things that You Should Know about Seborrheic Dermatitis.
1. Seborrhea is a lifelong skin problem for adults
It is a chronic and relapsing mild dermatitis, meaning it is a lifelong condition and may come and go. Patients may need to have repeated treatments whenever symptoms flare up. However, this is only mild and not life threatening.
2. Seborrheic dermatitis only lasts up to a year for infants
Seborrhea is fairly common to infants from ages 3 months to 6 months. This is more popularly known as Cradle Cap and commonly does not last for a year.
3. Seborrhea can also flare up on the Eyelids
The symptoms appear in sebum-rich areas like the eyelids, scalp, eyebrows, beard, moustache, ears, face, chest, scrotum and armpits.
4. Seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious
You shouldn’t be worried about passing this skin condition to other people as it is proven to be non-contagious.
5. There is minimal need to see a doctor if you have seborrhea
In most cases, seborrhea can be treated at home and needs minimal supervision by your doctor. However, you should consult a doctor in sever cases when your sleep or work productivity is heavily affected, such as severe itching.
6. It can be mistaken as Psoriasis or eczema
The symptoms of Seborrhea are quite similar with other skin conditions like Psoriasis and Eczema. Seborrhea causes flaking or scaly patches on skin, redness and stubborn dandruff, itchiness and excessive oil production.
7. Skin Biopsy is rarely needed for diagnosis
Skin doctors typically diagnose seborrhea by visual inspection only. And the need to scrape off skin cells for examination (skin biopsy) is rarely needed.
8. Yeast can cause Seborrheic dermatitis
The exact cause is yet to be known. Doctors are unanimous that it is caused by a combination of many factors like hormone levels, immune system, nourishment, and stress. One key culprit is irritation from yeast called Malassezia.
9. Depression increases risk of developing seborrhea
Depression, stress and fatigue also increases the risk of having a Seborrhea attack. Other risk factors include extreme weather changes, head injury, stroke, and obesity.
10. The causes of this dermatitis still remain a controversy
The exact cause of Seborrhea still remain a mystery. Its classification is even shrouded with controversy as it falls ” in the spectrum of cutaneous diseases, having being classified as a form of dermatitis, a fungal disease, or an inflammatory disease, closely related with psoriasis.”
11. It is not caused by poor hygiene
The American Academy of Dermatology ruled out that seborrheic dermatitis is not caused by poor personal hygiene and it is not an allergy.
12. Seborrhea is a form of eczema
Generally, eczema is described as a skin inflammation that cause redness and itch. redness and itch. Seborrheic dermatitis is a form of eczema along with atopic dermatitis.
13. Dandruff is one manifestation of Seborrhea
Dandruff is a seborrhea without inflammation. So basically, everyone suffering from dandruff has seborrheic dermatitis.
14. Try alternating two anti-dandruff shampoos
Following the previous item, it is only fitting to use anti-dandruff shampoo to control dandruff and soothe the scalp. As your body may adapt to the active ingredient of the shampoo, try alternating between two types, or use an antifungal ketoconazole (twice a week) alternating with your daily shampoo.
15. It can lead to hair loss
When the symptoms flare up on the scalp, seborrhea can lead to temporary hair loss.
16. The change of climate can flare up this skin problem
Seborrhea is more common in cold climate as the skin is prone to dryness-and as a response increases oil production that leads to this condition. Also, extreme change in climate can flare up seborrhea.
17. Skincare products with Alcohol only aggravates seborrhea
Alcoholism and using skin products with alcohol only aggravate this condition and increase the risk of having one.
18. You need Moisturizer even with seborrhea
Even when you may have oily skin. Just be careful in choosing a moisturizer, look for water based and oil free moisturizers.
19. Antifungal oral medication can cause serious side effects
Antifungal pills used to treat this skin problem can have serious side effects. It can trigger an allergy or may cause liver problems. The need for using such treatment, however, rarely arises.
20. Shaving off facial hair is an effective solution
For men who suffer facial seborrhea, shaving off moustache and beard help mitigate the symptom because the condition worsens under facial hair.
21. Fish oil supplements is an alternative treatment.
Omega-3 fatty acids prove to be a good alternative medicine to improve seborrheic dermatitis. Other alternative medicines are tea tree oil, and aloe vera for dandruff.
22. You can wash your body with antifungal shampoo to treat mild rash.
You can use antifungal shampoo to treat symptoms not only on your scalp but also on other parts of your body. Leave it for up to 10 minutes before rinsing off.
23. A revital laser can help treat seborrhea
As seborrhea more frequently occurs with people having oily skin, mild treatments that target excessive oil production will help ease it up. Revital laser from dr.dream is a good choice to treat high oil production and seborrhea while revitalising your skin.
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