Seborrheic Dermatitis: What Can You Do to Avoid This Skin Condition?


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  • Constant itchiness (and scratching) of the scalp can be a sign of seborrheic dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis is a long-term skin condition that mainly affects your scalp, often characterized by the appearance of scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff

If you find yourself scratching your head a few times in a day, chances are you’re likely to just brush it off (pun unintended). However, constant itchiness (and scratching) of the scalp can be a sign of a condition that may need to be managed immediately.

One of the most common reasons for an itchy scalp is seborrheic dermatitis, a type of eczema.1,2 This is a long-term skin condition that mainly affects your scalp, often characterized by the appearance of scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. However, these symptoms can also manifest in other oily areas of the body, such as the face, upper chest and back.3

Also called seborrheic eczema or seborrheic psoriasis,4 seborrheic dermatitis may probably be the single most common inflammatory skin condition that affects humans aside from acne.5

Who Can Get Seborrheic Dermatitis?

People of any age and ethnicity may experience seborrheic dermatitis.6,7 Certain risk factors make the onset of this skin condition possible. Examples of these include stress and fatigue, pollution, obesity and other medical conditions like HIV, Parkinson’s disease or a stroke.8

Furthermore, a specific type of seborrheic dermatitis called infantile seborrheic dermatitis targets newborn babies and children up to 3 years old.9 It’s characterized by the formation of scaly and greasy patches, which eventually turn thick and crusty, on the baby’s scalp.10 In some cases, red rashes will appear on the diaper area and elsewhere, and may be mistaken for diaper rash. Eventually, infantile seborrheic dermatitis will clear up on its own in a few weeks to a few months.11

Learn About Seborrheic Dermatitis and How to Deal With This Skin Problem

Having an itchy scalp shouldn’t stop you from doing what you like. With the right tools, you can prevent seborrheic dermatitis from happening to you or someone you know. Browse through these seborrheic dermatitis pages to learn about the potential causes of the condition, common indicators of the disease, ideal foods to eat and avoid and natural and effective remedies to alleviate the condition.

Not only will you recover from this disease, but you will boost your scalp and/or skin health too. When dealing with a skin disease like seborrheic dermatitis, you’ll need all the assurance you can get that this will be treated as soon as possible, without additional complications.


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[+]Sources and References [-]Sources and References

  • 1 Jaliman, “Types Of Eczema,” WebMD, p.3, February 3, 2017
  • 2 Family Health Team, “Do You Have an Itchy Scalp? 5 Common Problems and Fixes,” Cleveland Clinic, April 13, 2016
  • 3 Mayo Clinic Staff, “Seborrheic Dermatitis Definition,” Mayo Clinic, May 30, 2014
  • 4 Kelbach and O’Connell, “Seborrheic Eczema and Crib Cap,” Healthline, January 28, 2016
  • 5 Cole and Shiel, “Seborrheic Dermatitis,” MedicineNet, March 18, 2016
  • 6 “Seborrheic Dermatitis,” National Eczema Association
  • 7 “Adult Seborrheic Dermatitis: A Status Report on Practical Topical Management,” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
  • 8 Kelbach and O’Connell, “Who Is at Risk for Seborrheic Eczema,” Healthline, January 28, 2016
  • 9 “Cradle Cap (Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis),” Kids Health
  • 10 “Seborrheic Dermatitis,” American Academy of Dermatology
  • 11 “Infantile Seborrhoeic Dermatiis,” National Eczema Society