Flaky, itchy and red skin or scalp is a condition called seborrheic dermatitis that also goes by the more common name of dandruff. While this ailment is common, those with it do not have to continue to suffer with the irritation. Doctors who know how to treat seborrheic dermatitis often use a range of options to find the most effective remedy for their patients.
What Seborrheic Dermatitis Looks Like
The itchiness of seborrheic dermatitis is not only found on the head. For many people, this condition appears all over the body. Since flaking and irritation in places other than the scalp could be caused by many other skin ailments, a sufferer should consult with a dermatitis to properly identify the cause and ensure that it is seborrheic dermatitis.
Contrary to popular belief, seborrheic dermatitis does not originate from an allergic reaction or from uncleanliness. Anyone can get it, and some people are more susceptible to others due to their genetic makeup. Only with the correct diagnosis can the best treatment option be found.
Many doctors prefer to follow a conservative approach to treating seborrheic dermatitis. Depending on the level of severity of the condition, a dermatologist might recommend treatment options available over-the-counter. These include dandruff shampoos such as Nizoral or Head and Shoulders. Those who choose an over-the-counter solution should discuss their choice with a dermatologist. Some shampoos designed for dandruff treatment may cause irritation if used for several weeks at a time. Other home remedies that may be effective include applying mineral oil to affected areas and regular cleaning to remove the scales caused by seborrheic dermatitis, but these are not the only ways to treat dandruff.
While many over-the-counter solutions prove effective for several people, others with seborrheic dermatitis will need something stronger. Only a doctor can write a prescription for certain antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial medications. Since each case of seborrhea differs, a doctor needs to do an examination before selecting the best prescription medication for the patient.
Kevin St. Clair M.D. – about seborrheic dermatitis
Kevin St. Clair M.D. is U.S. Board Certified dermatologist. In this tutorial he discucssess the following key points:
– What condition is seborrheic dermatitis
– What are other conditions with similar apperance
– How to diagnose it