Seborrhoeic dermatitis or seborrhoeic eczema is a red, itchy, flaky rash commonly seen on the:
Seborrhoeic dermatitis affects 4% of the population. The flaking can be a cause of a great deal of social embarrassment.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis can start at any time after puberty and is slightly more common in men. Babies can also get a short lived type of seborrhoeic dermatitis on the scalp (cradle cap) and nappy area, which usually clears after a few months. It is not hereditary.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis signs and symptoms
Seborrhoeic dermatitis can be difficult to distinguish from other kinds of dermatitis when certain areas such as the eyelid or genital area are affected or if it is very widespread. Severe scalp seborrhoeic dermatitis can resemble psoriasis.
Seborrhoeic dermatitis treatment
Seborrhoeic dermatitis treatment is usually needed on a long-term basis. The choice depends on which areas of the body are affected and whether there is a lot of irritation.
We manage seborrhoeic dermatitis with a dermatology treatment that reduces the level of skin yeast – these include creams and shampoo, which you can safely use on a long-term basis.
We might also use mild steroid creams for short periods to settle any irritation.