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Seborrhoeic Dermatitis - Overview

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a scaly skin disorder that affects the scalp. It is a severe form of dandruff and is an inflammatory skin disease affecting the scalp, face and other parts of the body. It is an extremely common scalp condition that causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, seborrhoeic dermatitis is a common dermatological disorder with a global incidenceof up to 42%. Though it is comparatively harmless, it can affecta person’s physical appearance and self-esteem. The itchy, white and scaly flakes are emotionally distressing to an individual suffering from seborrheic dermatitis scalp.

Seborrheic dermatitis dandruff can have damaging effects on one’s emotions, self-confidence and, by extension, social life. Largely, people with seborrhoeic dermatitis or dandruff may be seen as less attractive tothe opposite sex.According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, seborrhoeic dermatitis can alter the hair cycle and can cause excessive hair loss.While the disorder is termed as dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis dandruff) in adolescents and adults; in babies, the condition is called cradle cap.

Symptoms of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

The symptoms of seborrhoeic dermatitis are mainly characterized by a rash that is red and scaling but occasionally can even become weepy and oozy. The scaling can be extensive enough to produce significant seborrheic dermatitis dandruff and may be the patient's major complaint. In adults, seborrhoeic dermatitis commonly affects areas including the scalp, outer ear, forehead and eyebrows. Whereas in babies, the rash causes a scalp eruption commonly called "cradle cap".These eruptions can sometimes affect the diaper area and can result in itching.Some of the common symptoms of seborrhoeic dermatitis scalp are as follows:

  • Severe itching and redness of the scalp
  • Excessive white / yellow flakes, powdery flakes on the scalp that fall on the shoulders
  • Associated hair loss
  • Acceleration of the onset of pattern hair loss/baldness
  • Moist, sticky and greasy appearance of the hair and scalp

Other seborrhoeic dermatitis symptoms can occur on various parts of the body such as:

  • In the middle part of the chest
  • Around the navel
  • Buttocks
  • Along the folds of the underarms and legs
  • Aroundthe groin region
  • Under the breasts

Causes of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

The causes of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis are unknown yet, but there are factors that trigger it, such as:

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Certain medical conditions and medicines
  • Cold, dry weather
  • An immune system response
  • A yeast (fungus) called Malassezia that is present in the oil secretion on the skin

Homeopathic Treatment for Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Anti-dandruff, anti-fungal shampoos and skin softeners are usually suggested in the conventional treatment for seborrhoeic dermatitis. However, these products do not guarantee a permanent cure and lead to a high recurrence rate of seborrheic scalp. Homeopathy, on the other hand, offers an excellent treatment for seborrhoeic dermatitis across all stages. In 2008, a prospective observational study at the Charitè University Medical Centre revealed that there was a significant reduction in the severity of seborrhoeic dermatitis in patients taking homeopathic treatment. Patients were able to reduce their dependency on conventional treatment when treated with homeopathic medicines.Read More

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis Treatment Results

Seborrhoeic dermatitis cases, especially those treated in the early stages; show much better results with homeopathy. However, people at advanced stages of the seborrheic scalp disorder also respond positively with homeopathic treatment. At Dr Batra's™, we have a success rate of 96.6% in treating hair loss and related disorders like seborrhoeic dermatitis. Dr Batra's™ also has an overall success rate of 91% as authenticated by the American Quality Assessors.

FAQs

What triggers seborrhoeic dermatitis?

Seborrhoeic dermatitis can affect the scalp (seborrheic dermatitis scalp) and other areas like face (seborrheic dermatitis face), upper-chest etc. An inflammatory reaction to excess Malassezia yeast (an organism that normally lives on the skin's surface) is the most likely cause of seborrheic dermatitis. When the Malassezia overgrows, the immune system overreacts to it, leading to inflammation. These further result in skin changes and flare ups. Seborrhoeic dermatitis can also be a result of factors that include hormonal changes, stress, genetics, medical conditions and even cold/dry weather.

Does seborrhoeic dermatitis go away?

Seborrheic dermatitis can go away without any treatment or may even need repeated treatments before the symptoms subside. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is caused by the fungus Malassezia, which feeds on the excess oil produced in the scalp, causing skin cells to shed faster. It then results in seborrheic dermatitis dandruff flakes. Daily cleansing with a gentle soap and anti-fungal shampoo can help reduce oiliness and dead skin build-up.Timely treatment in case of excessive infection can also help in achieving faster and long-lasting results.Homeopathy is an excellent treatment option for seborrheic dermatitis scalp, at all stages. Homeopathic remedies not only offer symptomatic relief without any side-effects but also treat the root cause of the problem, thereby reducing the possibility of a recurrence. At Dr Batra's™ homeopathic clinics, we have a success rate of 96.6% in treating hair loss and related disorders like seborrhoeic dermatitis.

Is seborrhoeic dermatitis caused by a fungus?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a superficial fungal disease of the skin, occurring in areas rich in sebaceous glands, including the scalp. The condition is due to a local inflammatory immune response to colonization by excess Malassezia fungi. This further causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff due to dead skin cell build-up.

What foods trigger seborrhoeic dermatitis?

A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2018) found that a “western” dietary pattern that mainly consists of meat and processed foodmight trigger seborrheic dermatitis. Processed foods that can be potential triggers to seborrhoeic dermatitis include cheese, tofu, breads, cakes, cookies, ketchup and salty chips like potato chips. A person suffering from seborrheic dermatitis scalp is also advised to avoid excessive carbohydrates and yeast in their diet.

How often should I wash my hair if I have seborrhoeic dermatitis?

Washing your hair more that necessary can strip off natural oils from your scalp, resulting in dry skin and excessive hair loss. It is therefore imperative to consult your homeopathic doctor for better management of seborrheic scalp.For more information on seborrhoeic dermatitis and its treatment, book an appointment with us. https://www.drbatras.com/book-an-appointment.

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