Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff)
Often referred to as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder characterized by red, itchy, flaky rash, and in no way is an indication of personal hygiene as many often assume. A chronic condition, seborrheic dermatitis symptoms can come and go and generally fluctuate in severity. Many treatment options are available for seborrheic dermatitis over the counter, however persistent symptoms are best addressed by a licensed provider.
Where can seborrheic dermatitis occur?
You might be most familiar with seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff occurring on the scalp, however it is very common for this condition to be present on the eyebrows, ears, eyelids and sides of the nose – all areas in which excessive oiliness is possible. Seborrheic dermatitis can also occur on the scalp of infants and in this case is known as “cradle cap.” In adults, it may also be found on the back or chest.
What causes seborrheic dermatitis?
The cause of this condition is not known, but may relate to a genetic predisposition, the immune system or yeast that is normally found on the skin. Seborrheic dermatitis stems from excessive oiliness of the skin, which leads to the rash and flaking of the skin. Those with certain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or those experiencing a large amount of stress are more prone to show signs of seborrheic dermatitis, as are nursing home patients more likely to be affected as well.
How can I treat seborrheic dermatitis?
While seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic condition, an array of therapies including shampoos, creams, lotions and foams available from your dermatology office have been shown to control and improve the condition, especially during a flare up or severe bout. However, Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston’s Center for Clinical Research has conducted clinical trials for this condition and offers an array of advanced treatments.
How can a dermatologist help me with my seborrheic dermatitis?
A board-certified dermatologist and certified dermatology physician assistant are able to evaluate your case of seborrheic dermatitis and offer treatment for your condition when over the counter options are not working.
Seborrheic dermatitis can also impact a person’s self esteem leading to a heightened self-awareness, but it doesn’t have too. If you’re ready to get your seborrheic dermatitis under control, contact our office to schedule an appointment. You deserve happy, healthy skin and it is our goal at Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston to make that happen.