Seeing red: seborrheic dermatitis

Perhaps you’ve seen seborrheic dermatitis (or SD) but didn’t know what it was. Here are some facts about the skin condition and how to treat it. When it comes to your health, knowledge is power.

  • Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that causes a rash that can be red, swollen and flakey.
  • Cradle cap is a form of seborrheic dermatitis in babies. In adults, it is a long-lasting condition.
  • Most people will have several flare-ups throughout the year. It is more common in the colder months and can be triggered by stress.
  • Anyone can get seborrheic dermatitis.
  • The exact cause of SD is still unknown. It is thought to be a combination of different factors including the normal yeast on the skin.
  • It is not related to having poor hygiene.
  • It is more commonly seen in patients with HIV, alcoholism, eating disorders, epilepsy, acne, rosacea and psoriasis.
  • SD is usually treated with steroidal ointments, creams, sprays, foam and an anti-fungal cream or shampoo.
  • Other shampoos that work well include shampoos that contain selenium sulfide and salicylic acid.
  • These treatments are to reduce the severity of flare ups and to control or reduce the number of flare ups.

Now that you know a bit more about seborrheic dermatitis, you or someone you know may need help treating the condition. If so, call our office at 972-649-6644 and schedule an exam today.