Often referred to as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder characterized by a 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 fluctuates in severity. Many over the counter treatment options are available. However, persistent symptoms are best addressed by one of our licensed providers.
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.
While seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic condition, an array of therapies including shampoos, creams, lotions, and foams are available from our dermatology office. These topical treatments have been shown to control and improve the condition, especially during a flare-up.
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