Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that can be easily treated.  Causing a red, scaly, itchy rash, this condition most commonly develops on the scalp, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids, and middle of the chest. Other areas, such as the navel (belly button), buttocks, underarms, breasts, and groin, may be involved. It is common in people with oily skin or hair, and may be seen with acne or psoriasis.  A yeast-like organism may be involved in causing seborrheic dermatitis.

While the  terms Dandruf, Seborrhea, & Seborrheic Dermatitis are sometimes used interchangeably, there are differences.  Dandruff causes scaling on the scalp but not redness.  With seborrhea, there is excessive oiliness of the skin, especially of the scalp and face, without redness or scaling.  Patients with seborrhea may later develop seborrheic dermatitis, which causes both redness and scaling.

What treatments are there for Seborrheic Dermatitis?

There is no way to prevent or cure seborrheic dermatitis, but treatment can control it.  Seborrheic dermatitis may get better on its own.  With regular treatment, the condition improves quickly.

There is no cure for seborrheic dermatitis; however, the problem can be kept under control. The treatment of seborrheic dermatitis depends on what part of the body is involved. Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp can usually be controlled by washing the hair often with medicated shampoos. Sometimes it is also necessary to use cortisone-containing creams, lotions or ointments. Anti-yeast medications can also be used.