Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, chronic skin condition which responds well to treatment. It causes formation of scales and flakes (white to yellowish) on oily areas such as the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, creases of the nose, lips, behind the ears, in the outer ear, and middle of the chest.
Consult your doctor for seborrheic dermatitis if:
Symptoms suggestive of serious condition: Symptoms similar to seborrheic dermatitis can be caused by several other medical conditions such as severe seborrheic eczema, severe psoriasis, or blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids). Consult a doctor immediately if you have any of following symptoms:
Who to consult
Seborrheic dermatitis can be diagnosed by the affected person and in many cases it responds well to treatment with over the counter medicated shampoos. It does not cause any serious problem or medical emergency.
Some health professionals who can be consulted for seborrheic dermatitis include:
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