Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that can be easily treated. Causing a red, scaly, itchy rash, this condition most commonly develops on the scalp, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids and middle of the chest. Other areas, such as the navel (belly button), buttocks, underarms, breasts and groin may be involved. While these terms are sometimes used interchangeably with Dandruff and Seborrhea, there are differences. Dandruff causes scaling on the scalp but not redness. With seborrhea, there is excessive oiliness of the skin, especially of the scalp and face, without redness or scaling.
Treatment: There is no way to prevent or cure seborrheic dermatitis, but treatment can control it. Seborrheic dermatitis may get better on its own. Adults often need to use a medicated shampoo or a dermatologist may recommend a corticosteroid preparation. In some cases, a dermatologist will also prescribe a medicated shampoo. If you feel you have seborrheic dermatitis, please contact our office for an appointment.