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Encyclopedia > Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a skin disorder affecting the scalp, face and trunk causing scaly, flaky, itchy, red skin. It particularly affects the sebum-gland rich areas of skin. It is thought to be caused by a fungal infection caused by the yeast, Pityrosporum ovale in individuals with decreased immunity and increased sebum production.


The recommended treatment is ketoconazole creams and/or shampoos. Topical steroids should be reserved for acute flare-ups only as they make precipitate recurrences and dependence. Shampoos containing zinc, or selenium may also help.


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External links

  • Emedicine article on Seborrhoeic dermatitis (http://www.emedicine.com/derm/topic396.htm)
  • Discussion group for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/seborrheic-dermatitis-support/)
  • NZDermNet seborrhoeic dermatitis article (http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/seborrhoeic-dermatitis.html)

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Seborrheic Dermatitis: Encyclopedia of Children's Health (699 words)
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common inflammatory disease of the scalp and skin characterized by scaly lesions usually on the scalp, hairline, face and body.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, mild disease of newborns.
Seborrheic dermatitis is not an infection and is not transmitted from individual to individual.
Principles of Pediatric Dermatology - Chapter27 : SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS (1239 words)
Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the seborrheic areas of the skin and the scalp.
Seborrheic Dermatitis (greasy scaly lesion of the scalpandface)
Seborrheic dermatitis is usually accompanied by hair falling and is a common cause of baldness in adults.
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