Seborrheic dermatitis is a very common, chronic type of dermatitis that causes redness and scaling of the scalp, face, and ears.
It can also cause itching as well. Dandruff is a non-inflamed form of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp.
While the exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis remains unknown, it is believed that it is a combination of skin inflammation as well as an overgrowth of Malassezia species of fungus in yeast form that is part of the normal flora of our skin. It is often worst in the winter months.
Pediatric seborrheic dermatitis is also known as cradle cap, and is common in babies under 3 months of age.
There also can be an association with psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis is classified as “sebopsoriasis” when there is a crossover between the two conditions.
Factors associated with increased severity of seborrheic dermatitis include:
- A family history or seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis
- Oily skin
- Neurological conditions – like Parkinson disease.
There are various treatments available for seborrheic dermatitis, so call us for an appointment today if you think you have this condition.