What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects both infants and adults. This condition causes reddened, swollen, scaly or crusty skin on the face, scalp, or body. The most commonly affected areas include the scalp, eyebrows, nasolabial folds (fold of skin beside the nose), the sides of the chin, and the area around and in the ears. This condition may be chronic and flare up with stress or climate transitions.
Seborrheic dermatitis less commonly occurs in infants. In these cases, it is referred to as cradle cap and usually disappears over time.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Seborrheic dermatitis can increase in severity if left untreated or if mistreated. Because the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis can appear similar to other skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, or an allergic reaction, it is important to see a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment of this condition.