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Symptoms of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is a scaly skin disorder that generally affects the scalp and is a severe form of dandruff. It is an inflammatory skin disease that also appears on the face and other parts of the body. Seborrhoeic Dermatitis scalp symptoms such as scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff are extremely common. An inflammatory immune reaction to excess Malassezia fungi (an organism that normally lives on the skin's surface) is a major cause of Seborrheic Dermatitis. This results in skin changes and flare-ups. This can further be a result of factors that include hormonal changes, stress, genetics, medical conditions and even cold/dry weather.

The Seborrhoeic Dermatitis symptom is mainly characterized by a rash that is red, scaling, weepy and sometimes oozy. The scaling can be extensive enough to produce significant dandruff. 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 Seborrhoeic Dermatitis signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Severe itching and redness of the scalp causing burning sensation
  • Excessive white/yellow powdery flakes on the scalp that fall on your clothing
  • Associated hair loss
  • Skin flakes (dandruff) on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache
  • 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


On the buttocks


Along the folds of the underarms and legs


In the groin region


Under the breasts



Is Seborrhoeic Dermatitis a lifelong disease?

Sometimes, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis symptoms might disappear by themselves without any treatment. More often, it's a lifelong condition that clears and flares depending on its triggers. Seborrhoeic Dermatitis scalp symptoms can be a result of factors that include hormonal changes, stress, genetics, medical conditions and even cold/dry weather. It can last for years at a time, but can be controlled and managed with the help of an efficient skin care treatment. Homeopathy is an excellent treatment option for Seborrhoeic Dermatitis scalp symptoms 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 as authenticated by the American Quality Assessors.

How do you know if you have Seborrhoeic Dermatitis?

The Seborrhoeic Dermatitis symptom is mainly characterized by a red rash that is scaling, weepy and in some cases, oozy. Seborrhoeic Dermatitis signs and symptoms may include skin flakes (dandruff) on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache. Patches of greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales or crust may also be seen. People with Seborrhoeic Dermatitis symptoms may also experience an itchy scalp with a burning sensation. The Seborrhoeic Dermatitis symptoms can be severe after a stressful event or trauma and tend to flare-up usually during cold/ dry weather. It is therefore, imperative to consult your homeopathic doctor for early detection and better management of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis symptoms. For more information on this condition and its treatment, book an appointment with us.https://www.drbatras.com/book-an-appointment.

Is it bad to pick at Seborrhoeic Dermatitis infections?

While many may have experienced the occasional scratch due to excessive dandruff, it isn't a good idea as it can scar the scalp. Scraping or picking at Seborrhoeic Dermatitis infection can be extremely damaging to the scalp. Seborrhoeic Dermatitis signs and symptoms include dry flakes, underneath which the scalp skin can be red and sore. Scraping away or picking at the sore skin can expose the scalp to numerous infections and even cause hair loss.

Can you lose hair from Seborrhoeic Dermatitis?

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is a scalp condition that is a result of a local inflammatory immune response to excess Malassezia fungi. This is a type of yeast/ fungal organism that is naturally found living on the skin's surface. When it grows out of control, it can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair growth eventually leading to hair loss. Excessive scratching on the scalp can also injure the hair follicles, resulting in some amount of hair loss. Hair loss, in many cases is often temporary and can be reversed with the right treatment. Homeopathy is one such alternative that focuses not just on hair loss treatment but also the root of the problem. It promotes hair growth and reduces the intensity of hair fall. Homeopathy believes in holistic treatment and extends beyond the physical symptoms to address the underlying conditions of mental stress, anxiety and depression. It offers a safe, natural and effective hair fall solution with no toxic effects.

Does Seborrhoeic Dermatitis have a smell?

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis is a superficial fungal disease of the skin, occurring in areas rich in sebaceous glands, including the scalp and back of the ear. Seborrhoeic Dermatitis symptoms can also appear on other areas of the body, especially along the folds of the underarms and legs. The condition does not usually result in bad smell/odor. However, patches of greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales or crust can trap sweat and odor.

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