What is seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp?

If your scalp itches, you might have seborrheic dermatitis, which sometimes presents as severe dandruff. There are many ways you can treat dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis at home. Begin by washing your hair frequently. If every day is too difficult, then wash it every other day. Always use a gentle shampoo at first and try to get your scalp clean, without scratching. Allow it to sit while you wash the rest of your body and then rinse thoroughly. Follow with your favorite conditioner. If this treatment is not enough, you can use an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo containing zinc or selenium and, for stubborn cases, one containing ketoconazole, which is an effective antifungal agent.

It is also important to dry the hair completely after you shower, using a hair dryer because you don’t want dampness to create an environment where fungus and yeast can grow. If you have long hair, a hair dryer brush might be a good option, as it both dries and styles the hair at the same time. There are several different styles of brush dryer, including this one from Revlon (https://www.revlonhairtools.shop/).

If despite these measures your condition persist, you may need to come to the office for stronger prescription medications. Psoriasis can also sometimes look like seborrheic dermatitis and may require in-office treatment. There are many new very effective oral, as well as topical medications for both conditions.

– Dr. Bussell

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