Seborrhea (Seborrheic dermatitis , Dandruff, Seborea) is a common condition caused by multiple factors. It appears usually on areas in the skin that have a high concentration of sebaceous glands. Especially on the sides of the nose, between eyebrows, scalp, front chest and on the center back between the shoulder blades.
Sometimes the redness of the scalp skin also spreads to the upper part of the forehead near the hairline. In some people, these areas of red skin area covered with thick white scale (These are dead cells of the skin). In addition to the significant aesthetic discomfort Seborrheic dermatitis is frequently a cause for scalp itch.
Seborrhea or Seborea is in many cases a familial tendency. One of the important reasons for this phenomenon is excessive secretion of sebaceous material from skin areas that have a large amount of sebaceous glands. In addition it seems that a special fungus that grows in the sebaceous material triggers inflammation that causes the redness of the skin. The condition is more pronounced in times of stress and in people with mental or neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
In many cases it is necessary to distinguish between Seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. Both are common skin conditions which have a familial tendency. Both conditions appear on the scalp but psoriasis will also appear in skin on the elbows and knees. On the other hand red skin on the sides of the nose and between the eyebrows is more common for seborrhea. In some cases there is a combination of psoriasis and seborrhea referred by dermatologists as Seborriasis.
Effective Treatment of Seborrhea or Seborea without steroids:
Because the Seborrheic dermatitis is the tendency of the skin – you can not cure it . Nevertheless, in many cases it is possible to suppress the symptoms and reduce significantly the discomfort associated with them.
First line of scalp treatment are the anti-Dandruff shampoos. These types of shampoos typically contain Zinc Pyrithion, selenium sulfide, distilled tar products or materials against fungi such as ketoconazole.
All types of shampoo (except those containing selenium sulfide 2.5 percent) may be used often, preferably every day – without fear. It is recommended to use different types of shampoo to take advantage of their different action mechanisms. The shampoo should be left on the skin for about three minutes massaged and rinse well .
Many doctors prescribe steroidal lotions or creams for the facial redskin areas . Although lotions or creams that contain steroids bring a rapid relief for the first few days , the prolonged use of such creams can cause skin damage including the development of atrophic skin (very thin skin) and enlarged skin capillaries . Doctors who are aware of the damage associated with prolonged steroid use tend to recommend the treatment creams that do not contain steroids- mostly compounds containing sulfur and salicylic acid in an ointment base.
Special prescription shampoos containing antifungal substances such as ketoconazole may be also helpful in Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp and skin. It is recommended to use these shampoos two or three times a week. Women with Seborrhea Choose fat-free moisturizer. (Oil free)
A new medicine launched recently in Israel offers a very effective treatment and prevention for Seborrheic dermatitis without using steroids. This medicine SebaCare100 also works simultaneous in a few mechanisms of the disorder. It was shown to destroy the fungus related to the conation and in parallel to reduce the inflammation of the skin and the quantity of scales. Clinical studies conducted in Europe showed that substantially reduce the redness carcinoma sufferers seborrhea approximately 82 percent of cases.
What is an Seborrheic dermatitis in babies?
Secretion of sebaceous material (fat) from the skin depends on the amount of male hormones (testosterone) in both men and women. These hormones in the mother’s blood are transferred to the baby during pregnancy and stay there for the first months of life. This hormone causes in the baby an increased discharge of sebaceous material and skin inflammation usually on the scalp and sometimes the folds of skin. The situation is not dangerous and transient in most cases before the age of one year. Baby Seborrhea is sometimes expressed in diaper area and should to be distinguished from the common diaper dermatitis caused by contact of the skin with baby secretions . Dermatologist can help the condition with sulfur/salicylic compounds and mild steroidal topical.
Seborrheic dermatitis and eyelid skin:
Special form of the familiar and Seborrheic dermatitis may appear on the eyelids. This is a chronic condition which is expressed in red and itchy skin mostly on the edge of the eyelids. If there are scabs and scaly skin, the eyelids can be treated by mild steroidal creams.
Remember Seborrheic dermatitis or Seborea a condition which tends to disappear and reappear. If the phenomenon repeats often necessary to repeat the prevention and treatment and persisting for several weeks or even months. In any case, make sure to that your dermatologist matches treatment to your individual condition avoiding side effects associated with inappropriate treatment.
There is no cure for seborrheic dermatitis. Steroidal creams or ointments can provide short term relief. Nevertheless prolonged use of these topicals (more than 5-7 days) bears the risk of damaging the causing it to thin and fragile. Non steroidal ointment can be prescribed by dermatologist (Containing a mixture of sulfur and salicylic acid ) or bought over the counter ( SebaClear )Share on Facebook