Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment
Seborrheic dermatitis is a highly unpleasant but noncontagious type of eczema. It is thought to be caused by a disordered immune reaction to an overgrowth of a common skin fungus called Malassezia yeast. If you suffer from scaly patches on your scalp, severe dandruff, and itching red rashes on your face and/or neck, seborrheic dermatitis could be the cause.
IDI helps diverse patients manage complex skin conditions, delivering the continued treatment and support that allows them to uncover clear and healthy skin at any age.
What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?
If you suffer from chronic dandruff, chances are you are suffering from a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis.
This condition causes symptoms that range from mild dandruff, to the eruption of encrusted, irritated, sometimes deep red plaques on the scalp, sides of the nose, cheeks, and chin. While it is not dangerous, it can cause aesthetic concerns, social awkwardness, infections, and sometimes physical discomfort. Many patients with severe cases suffer from considerable anxiety.
While seborrheic dermatitis can affect anyone, it is commonly experienced by people with the following conditions:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Clinical depression
- Compromised immune function
Stress can exacerbate the condition, as can very dry, cold weather.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Diagnosis
The diagnosis process generally begins with a physical examination and discussion of your medical history. Because the presentation of seborrheic dermatitis is similar to several other conditions, including atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, your doctor may want to conduct a skin cell biopsy to rule out other causes.
If it is found you are suffering from an illness that is causing an immunodeficient response, seeking treatment for the underlying condition might help alleviate symptoms.
In most cases, your doctor will recommend the use of antifungal soaps and shampoos to reduce the proliferation of Malassezia yeast. In stubborn cases, oral antifungal medications will be prescribed.
To treat inflammation, rashes, and scaliness, a topical corticosteroid lotion or ointment might deliver positive outcomes.
At IDI, we take pride in helping patients overcome debilitating skin conditions. Let us give you the tools and support you need to live your best life – schedule an appointment today!