What is Seborrheic dermatitis?
Red skin along with irritation and flaking (desquamation) are the main symptoms of a skin condition called Seborrheic dermatitis or seborea. Mostly located in areas of the body where the sebaceous glands are dense, areas like the side of the nose , between the eyebrows, on the scalp and less frequently in the groin and armpits. Even though this condition is not life threatening, it is an unpleasant and causes many patients to seek treatment.
The cause for Seborrheic dermatitis (seborea) is still not fully understood. It seems to be a combination of genetic predisposition, mood changes , a fungus on the skin and the body own exaggerated inflammatory process.
In the winter this condition gets worse. Same for people who undergo emotional and physical stress. Seborrheic dermatitis can be sometimes quite itchy especially on the scalp.
How to treat Seborrheic dermatitis ?
In many instances Seborrheic dermatitis (seborea) has been linked to the existence of a yeast called mallassezia fufur. . Antifungals that destruct these organisms in these patients may be used to achieve clinical improvement but will not result in cure. Topical steroids applied to the inflamed areas will usually bring short time relief. Nevertheless, as usual with steroidal treatment the symptoms with recur rapidly when topical stride is stopped. Prolonged d use of topical steroids (longer than a week) may result s in permanent skin damage – thin skin and enlarged skin capillaries.
Your Dermatologist may prescribe ointments that contain Sulfur (3-5%) and Salicylic Acid (2-3%) . These ointments are very effective and do not contain steroids. Nevertheless they are usually quite oily and smelly limiting their use.
New over the counter topical solution developed lately allow steroidal free therapy for Seborrheic dermatitis. This solution (SebaClear) contains OTC ingredients , targeting all main causes of Seborrhea and Psoriasis (Fungal, Inflammatory, Desquamation). The effectiveness of these compounds was proven Dermatological studies to high with long term safety and ease of use.Share on Facebook