How to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by patches of inflamed, scaly, and itchy skin that can also become flaky. Seborrheic dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions and also one of the most prevalent types of dermatitis with symptoms alike to those of psoriasis or an allergic response. This type of dermatitis most commonly affects the oil-secreting areas of the skin, primarily the scalp, face, chest, back, armpits, and genitals.

Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis

In some cases, seborrheic dermatitis symptoms may improve on their own as it is a chronic, recurrent condition defined by periods of flare-ups and remissions. In other cases, it can persist for years on end, but it is still manageable with the right skincare regimen and treatment approaches.

Adults with Seborrheic Dermatitis

In most cases, it is recommended that adults who experience seborrheic dermatitis plaques on their scalp initially try over-the-counter remedies such as dandruff shampoos containing one of the following ingredients: ketoconazole, coal tar, salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, or selenium sulfide.

Babies with Cradle Cap

It is recommended that you shampoo your infant’s scalp with a mild baby shampoo and warm water on a daily basis. If this does not prove effective, you can consult your child’s pediatrician about more potent shampoos. It is important to consult your child’s doctor first because dandruff shampoos for adults may cause further irritation on your kid’s skin.

To loosen crusty plaques initially, you may try to dab natural mineral oil on the affected patches and use a brush to remove the scales. Maintaining hygiene in the parts of the skin affected by seborrheic dermatitis is essential using a mild soap and lukewarm water regularly.

It is believed that exposure to enough sunlight can be effective in impeding the growth of the fungus that causes skin inflammation, so spending some time outside and partaking in physical outdoor activities can improve the rashes. However, remember to apply sunscreen properly.

There are some other remedies in cases where natural or over-the-counter options do not improve the symptoms. These are antifungal medicines, corticosteroid ointments, prescription shampoos, and topical medicines containing sulfur.

In many cases, a blend of lifestyle adjustments and medicinal therapies prove to be most effective in improving seborrheic dermatitis symptoms. If your rashes do not improve and become more inflamed, irritated, itchy, or pus-filled, consult your physician as soon as possible.

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Posted on May 5, 2023