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Seborrheic Dermatitis

Advanced Medicine and Personal Care

Did You Know?

Seborrheic dermatitis is different than dandruff. Dandruff usually limits itself to the scalp and is characterized by scaling without redness, while seborrheic dermatitis has both redness and scaling.

What is seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammation of the upper layers of skin, characterized by red, itchy skin that sheds scales. A hereditary condition, seborrheic dermatitis is often aggravated by cold weather conditions.

Seborrheic dermatitis is most common during:

  • infancy
    In infants, the condition is also called "cradle cap," because of its characteristic scaly appearance on the scalp. However, cradle cap can also occur in the diaper area. Seborrheic dermatitis in this age group usually clears up on its own within the first year.
  • middle age
    When seborrheic dermatitis occurs at this age, the condition is usually more intermittent.
  • old age
    When seborrheic dermatitis occurs at this age, the condition is usually more intermittent.