Seborrhea Or Seborrheic Dermatitis: Symptoms And Home Remedies

Seborrhea or Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common chronic skin disorder in which oily areas of the scalp, face and chest start to flake and wear off. This form of eczema may also affect skin folds under the arms, breasts, navel groin and buttocks.

It can occur at any age, but is common in infants till 3 months of age, when it appears on the scalp. It re-occurs between 30 and 60 years.

Symptoms Of Seborrheic Dermatitis

  • The scalp, eyebrows, creases from the sides of the nose to the mouth, skin behind the ears and chest, redden and oily dandruff like flaking takes place.
  • In rare case the itching is mild.

Causes: It can be caused by hormones or by yeast that grows in hairy-oily areas of the body. It is also common in people with suppressed immune systems, those who are recovering from heart attack and people who are taking antibiotics.

Home Remedies For Seborrhea

  • Shampoos containing coal tar, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione can be used against seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. The shampoo should be applied 2 to 3 times a week and should be rinsed off only after 5 minutes of application.
  • Apply 1% cortisone cream to the affected areas until the condition disappears.