Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Seborrheic Dermatitis Home Care

Home care for seborrheic dermatitis includes:

  • Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
    • Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
  • Shampoo your hair every day.
  • Use dandruff shampoo:
  • Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
  • Use hypoallergenic cosmetics.
  • Use hypoallergenic soap.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
    • Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
    • Apply sunscreen that blocks UV radiation.
    • Wear a hat.
  • Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
  • Oral antihistamines for itching:
  • Take prescription medications as directed.

Seborrheic Dermatitis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have seborrheic dermatitis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Seborrheic Dermatitis References
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