Medical Dermatology: Seborrhoeic Dermatitis 2017-08-14T04:21:06+00:00

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

  • Conditions Treated

    Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

  • Treatable Areas

    Face, scalp, chest, ears and skin folds

  • Practitioner
  • Downtime

    There will be no downtime

  • Your Specialist

Dr Jennifer Crawley

Consultant Dermatologist
Medical Dermatology Specialist

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Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis or seborrhoeic eczema is a red, itchy, flaky rash commonly seen on the:

  • Face: eyebrows, nasolabial folds, eyelids
  • Scalp
  • Chest: central chest and upper back
  • Ears
  • Skin folds

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 medical 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.

Contact us for a seborrhoeic dermatitis consultation

During your consultation at Clinica London, we’ll take a full history and perform a full assessment of your skin.  We’ll give you a treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms.

Talk to us about your options on 020 7935 7990

The best way to figure out whether this is something for you is to give us a call. We can answer any questions you have and help you clarify which medical dermatology treatment options are best for you.

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Video: Treatment options for seborrhoeic dermatitis

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