Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis can make you feel uncomfortable and often quite itchy, but it can also make you feel self-conscious. This particular form of dermatitis results in scaly patches on the scalp and body, and despite this common misconception, seborrheic dermatitis is not something that is directly related to personal hygiene. Our dermatologists at Sutton Place Dermatology are committed to helping you manage your symptoms with the most up-to-date, advanced techniques available.

What is seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that mainly affects your scalp but can also affect other areas of your body, as well. Seborrheic dermatitis is commonly seen on the oiliest parts of your body, such as your face or back, but it most commonly affects the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis can also cause scaly, red patches along the scalp that result in dandruff. Despite cosmetic reasons, you may want to see a doctor if the discomfort of seborrheic dermatitis is so severe that it interrupts your daily life. If you are anxious due to your condition or believe your skin may have become infected, we ask you to please contact us so that our dermatologists can help treat and manage your symptoms with a customized seborrheic dermatitis treatment.

Seborrheic dermatitis can be mistaken for other skin conditions, so our dermatologists may test you to rule out any other possible conditions. Conditions that are commonly confused with seborrheic dermatitis include psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. These conditions present similar symptoms. Our dermatologists will first determine with certainty what condition is affecting you before creating a treatment regimen.

Symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include:

  • Dandruff
  • Patches of skin that have scale-like flakes on it
  • Burning, stinging, pain, or discomfort
  • Red, irritated skin
  • Crusting over of the eyelids
  • Dry skin
  • Itchy scalp
  • A yellow or white tint to your scalp

What seborrheic dermatitis treatments are there?

There are several seborrheic dermatitis treatments available to help manage your symptoms and ease any discomfort or anxiety relating to this condition. Most seborrheic dermatitis treatments are topical, and they include creams, medicated shampoos, and corticosteroid lotions.

One seborrheic dermatitis treatment that can help ease your symptoms is the use of creams or ointments that help manage the inflammation of seborrheic dermatitis. These topical ointments can help rehydrate your scalp or skin that is dry and irritated due to seborrheic dermatitis. Medicated shampoos can have the same effect as they can soothe and repair damaged skin on the scalp. A medicated shampoo can also help manage symptoms and stop dandruff.

In more severe instances, corticosteroid lotions or creams may be prescribed to help treat and manage symptoms. Topical corticosteroids are used only when you are experiencing a flare-up of seborrheic dermatitis. Our dermatologists can help determine which seborrheic dermatitis treatment will work most effectively and efficiently for you.

How can I learn more about a seborrheic dermatitis treatment?

Our dermatologists would be glad to discuss a seborrheic dermatitis treatment with you. To request a personal consultation with our dermatologists to discuss a seborrheic dermatitis treatment, please request an appointment online or call 212.838.0270.

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