Seborrheic Dermatitis is a chronic and recurrent eruption
with red patches and scales, mainly located on the face,
ears, eyebrows, scalp and sometimes the chest.
It may occur at any age. There is no cure, but it is treatable.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Causes:
A yeast called Malassezia Furfur or P. Ovalis, which grows on the skin,
is related to seborrheic dermatitis. There are people genetically prone
to develop this disease. SD may be aggravated in winter.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment:
The treatment controls, but not cures the disease.
Usually it responds to local treatments. The treatment depends on the location,
as well as on the severity. The most adequate shampoos contain
Piroctone Olamine and salicylic acid.
Piroctone Olamine has an antifungal action eradicating the responsible yeast.
Salicylic acid has a keratolytic action increasing the exfoliation of scales.
They should be used daily to wash the scalp and, if your dermatologist
advises, also the face.
As you use the shampoo more frequently, the possibilities of the reappearance
of the problem will decrease.
Shampoos that contain conditioners can
aggravate this disease. If you use a shampoo with a conditioner,
it is advisable to alternate it with others without conditioner.
Oily hair can contribute to aggravate this problem.
Certain hair lotions can reduce oiliness, decrease itching
and facilitate the elimination of scales.
An excellent treatment for non-hairy areas, such as the face,
is to apply twice a day a facial gel or a cream containing Piroctone Olamine
or other antifungal agents, or apply instead a steroid cream.
These two products can be applied at the same time (can be mixed),
first the facial gel and then the steroid cream just over the lesions.
In some cases, your dermatologist will recommend you an antifungal product
to be taken by mouth.
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