Seborrheic dermatitis

Q: What is seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrhoea, is a long-term, non-contagious condition that mainly affects oily areas and the scalp.  It causes scaly patches, red skin and dandruff.

Q: Are you likely to get seborrheic dermatitis?

The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is yet unknown, but causes have been narrowed down to: a fungus, an inflammatory response and to seasonal occurrences. Risk factors include a few types of medication, damaging the skin and a weakened immune system.

Q: Are there health risks associated with seborrheic dermatitis?

Even though seborrheic dermatitis is a nuisance, it has no health risks associated with it.

Q: How do you treat seborrheic dermatitis?

In order to treat seborrhoea you need to talk to your practitioner. If you don’t have the condition, you can also attempt to prevent it. Treatment includes the use of creams, shampoos and ointments to control inflammation and anti-fungal creams, as well as reduce exposure to UV radiation. In some cases, medication can be prescribed to combat the fungus.

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