The Basics of Dermatitis Seborrheic
Unlike eczema, in which the skin lacks moisture, dermatitis seborrheic is a condition caused by the overproduction of oil glands. Small reddened patches that flake are often the first indication of the condition, which may develop in infants or adults. This condition is most commonly known as dandruff.
Usually, dermatitis seborrhea develops as cradle cap in infants. The scalp is usually covered with thick, yellow scales that are often crusty and difficult to remove. Although not attractive, it usually does not cause infection or itching, and most children outgrow the condition by the age of three.
In adults, dermatitis seborrheic can manifest as patches of red, flaking skin. The condition often occurs in an adults ear canals, on the face or behind the ears or on the eyebrows or scalp. Adult dermatitis seborrheic can be itchy and embarrassing, and sufferers often complain of dandruff as well.
The condition is caused by oil glands that produce too much sebum, or oil. The excess oil is an ideal breeding ground for a certain type of yeast, and this causes the red, flaky patches.
Since most cases are centered near or on the scalp, treating the area with a specially formulated shampoo may help alleviate the symptoms. Shampoos with zinc pyrithione, like Head and Shoulders have been shown to be effective, as are those containing selenium sulfide, like Selsun Blue. Shampoos containing salicylic acid, like Scalpicin are also quite effective. Often, these shampoos must be alternated for maximum effectiveness. Cases that do not respond to these shampoos are often treated with a steroid lotion or shampoo containing coal tar.
Natural remedies for dandruff include tea tree oil. A few drops added to shampoo seems to be very effective, as are a few drops of grapefruit seed extract. Another popular home remedy is treating hair with a 1:1 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water, allowing the mixture to remain on the head for 15 minutes and then rinsing thoroughly.
Although often embarrassing, dermatitis seborrheic can be easily treated with products from your local mega store or drug store. Do not let those flakes get you down!
by Claire Bowes
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