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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is seborrheic dermatitis?

Rashes with scaly flaky skin, usually on the eyebrows, nose bridge and sides of the nose. It is thought to be caused overgrowth of the Malassezia fungus, which feeds on increased sebum in some patients. Risk factors include HIV and Parkinson's disease. This condition can occur in the newborn as well.

Symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis

  • Skin Itching

  • More dandruff than before

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

Questions your doctor may ask to check for seborrheic dermatitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose seborrheic dermatitis

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Did you have an increase in dandruff?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis

Creams are usually given. If it involves the scalp, special shampoo might also be recommended. It tends to settle by itself in newborns.

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Diseases related to Seborrheic dermatitis


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  • Elgash M, Dlova N, Ogunleye T, Taylor SC. Seborrheic Dermatitis in Skin of Color: Clinical Considerations. J Drugs Dermatol. 2019 Jan 1;18(1):24-27. PMID: 30681789.

  • Dessinioti C, Katsambas A. Seborrheic dermatitis: etiology, risk factors, and treatments: facts and controversies. Clin Dermatol. 2013 Jul-Aug;31(4):343-351. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2013.01.001. PMID: 23806151.

  • Sanders MGH, Pardo LM, Ginger RS, Kiefte-de Jong JC, Nijsten T. Association between Diet and Seborrheic Dermatitis: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Invest Dermatol. 2019 Jan;139(1):108-114. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2018.07.027. Epub 2018 Aug 18. PMID: 30130619.

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