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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • The skin is itchy and has scratches

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

  • Itch is mild

  • Skin is dry

  • Scratching the skin

  • Nighttime itch is worse

  • Persistent, mild itch

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is seborrheic dermatitis?

Rashes with scaly flaky skin, typically on the eyebrows, bridge of the nose, and sides of the nose. It is believed to be caused by an overgrowth of the Malassezia fungus, which feeds on increased sebum in some patients. Risk factors include HIV and Parkinson's disease. This condition can also occur in newborns.

Symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis

  • Skin Itching

  • More dandruff than before

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Welts appear when skin is scratched or rubbed

  • Dry skin

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Blisters

  • Heat rash

Questions your doctor may ask to check for seborrheic dermatitis

  • Is your skin itchy?

  • Did your dandruff increase?

  • Do you have flaky, scaly skin?

  • Does your skin get red from friction or irritation?

  • Is your skin dry?

Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis

Creams are usually prescribed. If it involves the scalp, a special shampoo might be recommended. It tends to resolve on its own in newborns.

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References

  • Clark GW, Pope SM, Jaboori KA. Diagnosis and treatment of seborrheic dermatitis. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Feb 1;91(3):185-90. PMID: 25822272.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2015/0201/p185.html

  • 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.

    https://jddonline.com/articles/seborrheic-dermatitis-in-skin-of-color-clinical-considerations-S1545961619P0024X/

  • 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.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0738081X13000023?via%3Dihub

  • 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.

    https://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(18)32480-1/fulltext

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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