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Seborrheic Dermatitis Overview

What is seborrheic dermatitis?
A person with seborrheic dermatitis has inflammation of the skin over the scalp, ears, or face, which results in a rash. The cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown. Seborrheic dermatitis may also develop on the scalp in infants, where it is referred to as cradle cap.

What are the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis?
The main symptom of seborrheic dermatitis includes an itchy rash that is located on the scalp, ears, face, or upper chest. The rash may include skin redness, flaking, swelling, scaling, and peeling. Skin blisters may form on the surface. Rarely, the rash also occurs on the genitals.

How does the doctor treat seborrheic dermatitis?
Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis may include corticosteroid cream, dandruff shampoo, antifungal cream or shampoo, and oral antihistamines for itching.

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Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010 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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