Seborrheic Dermatitis

  • Posted on- Jul 01, 2016

Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that could cause scaly and itchy rashes on your scalp. This skin condition is characterised by greasy, scaly and flaky skin on the scalp. This skin disease can also affect other parts of your body such as the sides of the nose, skin behind or inside the ears, groin, chest, arms and legs. Wondering what causes seborrheic dermatitis and who might be at an increased risk of developing this condition? Well, people who have an oily skin are definitely more susceptible to developing seborrheic dermatitis. In this article, we would be looking into the causes and symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis along with seborrheic dermatitis treatment options.

Causes of Seborrheic Dermatitis

There is a lack of conclusive evidence regarding the exact causes of this inflammatory skin disorder. It is believed that this condition might be caused due to yeast called Malassezia. This skin condition appears to run in families. At times, immune system related factors might have a role to play. Those who suffer from seborrhea are most likely to suffer from this inflammatory skin disease. Seborrhea is a condition that is characterised by overactive sebaceous glands. These are cutaneous glands that produce an oily substance called sebum. Sebum lubricates skin as well as hair. Excessive production of sebum could make one susceptible to scalp problems such as dandruff. Use of cosmetic products could also be responsible for causing seborrheic dermatitis. Infants and small children up to the age of three years can also suffer from seborrheic dermatitis. In case of infants or young children, this condition is medically referred to as cradle cap. Cradle cap is characterised by thick, yellow or brown scales on the baby's scalp, eyelids, nose or the groin area. Sometimes scaly skin might be accompanied by itchiness and inflammation.


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