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Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis manifests as red, scaly patches that come and go,  commonly affecting the scalp, eyebrow area, around the nose, behind the ears, the beard area or the chest.  Sometimes a yeast can be involved in the inflammation. In addition, various medications may also cause or flare seborrheic dermatitis.  In newborns, "cradle cap" is a form of this condition. Commonly, it is well managed with topical treatments, but sometimes oral medication is necessary. 

Seborrheic Dermatitus Tips

  • Increasing the frequency of shampooing or lathering for longer can help. 

  •  Avoid hairsprays and pomades when flaring.

  • Shampoos containing salicylic acid, selenium, sulfur, or zinc can be helpful for scalp and beard areas.

  • Prescription products may be needed, especially if a yeast overgrowth is involved.

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