Seborrheic dermatitis is a common chronic condition of the skin causes formation of white to yellowish scales and flakes oily areas such as the scalp or inside the ear. People with mild disease usually have bad dandruff on scalp. In most people seborrheic dermatitis can be treated with over the counter medicated shampoos.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin condition which may be chronic. Prognosis or outlook for seborrheic dermatitis is good. It may recur after treatment in many people but it does not cause any serious or life-threatening problem.
Seborrheic dermatitis can be diagnosed clinically by taking a thorough medical history, and physical examination of the affected areas of the skin. Tests such as blood tests, skin scraping, skin biopsy are usually done when the diagnosis is not clear or some other medical condition is suspected to be cause of your skin problem.
Seborrheic dermatitis can become a chronic problem in many people. There is no cure for the condition. It may be possible to control or prevent flare up of symptoms by washing hair frequently, regularly using medicated shampoo, and avoiding oily cosmetics and oiling hair frequently.
Consult a doctor for seborrheic dermatitis if the symptoms are severe, symptoms seem to worsen even with use of mediated shampoo, the skin patches look red or infected, it is causing hair loss or you think that the scales and flakes are caused by some other medical problem and not seborrheic dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is usually a chronic condition. Symptoms improve with treatment but in many people they recur after some time. Medicated over- the-counter or prescription shampoos are used most often for treatment of seborrheic dermatitis of scalp. People with severe or extensive condition may need prescription antifungal agents, corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors.
Seborrheic dermatitis most commonly affects the scalp. Common symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are yellowish-white scales and flakes on the scalp; dry itchy scalp, itching in the ear canal; yellowish-white, dry-looking, or thick, greasy scales on the eyebrows, sides of the nose, and behind the ears.