Seborrheic dermatitis is a common condition that presents as red, scaly, itchy skin most commonly on the scalp, eyebrows, sides of the nose, ears, eyelids and the middle of the chest. This skin condition is common in two age groups:
Infancy: Often called “cradle cap,” seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp usually clears between 8-12 months of age.
Adulthood: Patients can expect recurrent flares in the sites stated above.
Understanding Seborrheic Dermatitis
Seborrheic dermatitis tends to present in the oil-bearing areas of the skin and scalp. It may be seen along with other conditions including acne and psoriasis. People with Parkinson’s disease, a stressful lifestyle, viral illness, poor diet/hygiene or compromised immune system are more prone to a worsening of their condition.
Our board-certified dermatologists in our office can diagnose seborrheic dermatitis on clinical examination, but a skin biopsy, as well as other lab tests, may be done to rule out other possibilities.
While there is not a cure for seborrheic dermatitis, there are many treatment options to control the symptoms. Patients with this condition can expect remissions and relapses, but with appropriate treatment, an improvement in the condition should happen relatively quickly.
Some treatment options include:
- Gentle shampooing with a mild shampoo
- Topical corticosteroid treatment
- Anti-fungal topical cream
- Non-steroidal topical treatment
- Topical immune modulator (TIM)
- Azelaic acid
- Prescription shampoo
- Systemic therapy
When it comes to managing your skin’s health, it is important to choose an experienced and knowledgeable specialist. To find out more about treating seborrheic dermatitis, schedule an appointment to meet with one of our board-certified dermatologists in Grosse Pointe by calling our office at 313-884-5100.