Seborrheic Dermatitis Natural treatment – What is the disease?  


Like many skin diseases, Seborrheic Dermatitis is similar to eczema, psoriasis or an allergic reaction. It mainly affects the skull causing stubborn dandruff, patches and red skin.

Body Parts affected: 

It can also affect some parts of your body like face, chest, back, nose, eyelids or behind the ears, etc. It can also be found in other parts of your body like:

  • Along the skin folds, under arms and on legs
  • In the naval area
  • In and around the buttocks
  • Middle of the chest etc.

If your skin is itching, burning or is looking red, then consult a dermatologist because it may be signs of Seborrheic Dermatitis. You can also experience flaking off scales that generally appears white or yellowish leaving an oily or moist feeling.

Infants and Babies:

In babies or infants, this is often mistaken for diaper rash. It is generally termed as Cradle Cap that generally occurs in newborn babies. Usually, it goes away before the babies before their first birthday. As a parent, you can visit a pediatrician if the following signs and symptoms persist among babies for more than ten days (approx.):

  • Yellowish color greasy scale on the scalp
  • Thick layer of scale covering the whole scalp
  • These scales are usually yellow to brownish in color
  • These scales gradually become flaky and then rubs off

Sometimes, it may give an itchy feeling among the babies. For the babies as well, they are generally found in the nose, years and along the eyelids.   

Although Seborrheic Dermatitis does not affect the overall health but it should be checked by a dermatologist to get the correct diagnosis with proper treatment. The checking may be followed by some medical tests. It is a condition that can be very uncomfortable and may lead to embarrassment depending on situations.  

There is several Seborrheic Dermatitis natural treatment that your doctor may prescribe you as well. Please ask the dermatologist if these can be helpful for you and medication may not be needed.

The problem with Seborrheic Dermatitis is that it can repetitively occur even after being treated. But it can be controlled to some extent by recognizing the symptoms and following proper measures.

Factors causing Seborrheic Dermatitis

Researchers are still trying their best to find out the exact factors causing this common skin disease. From their research so far, it seems that the cause is quite complex. Many factors are silently working together behind this. There are some factors that have been identified so far:    

  • Cold or dry weather
  • A yeast that normally lives on skin
  • Genetical factors
  • Stress
  • Some medicines and related medical conditions

Although the exact reason of this disease is unknown, but it is not related to any allergy or being unhygienic. It may affect to people of any age group from infant to adults (30 to 60 years). It is found more in men than in women. There may be some medical condition that may make you more susceptible to this disease, such as,

  • Heart disease
  • Acne
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Epilepsy
  • AIDS
  • Alcoholism
  • Eczema

If you encounter this, you can try using some anti-fungal cream or medicated shampoo, coal tar, etc. However, if you are allergic or are having a sensitive skin, please consult your dermatologist before you apply this. Although the Seborrheic Dermatitis is a chronic disease but some patients often get rid of completely.  

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