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If several sebaceous gland cysts burst over a small window of time, could it create a very severe seborrheic dermatitis, one rivaling cradle cap?

If several sebaceous gland cysts burst over a small window of time, could it create a very severe seborrheic dermatitis, one rivaling cradle cap?

No.: This sounds like one of those internet legends. No, if you have severe seborrheic dermatitis it is not due to sebaceous glands bursting. If it truly is "very severe", you should consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Seborrhea (Definition)

A red, sometimes itchy rash with scales, related to dandruff. It often is present on the scalp and around the nose and eyebrows, but can also appear on the chest and under the arms. The yeast malassezia may play a role and many treatments target this yeast as well as the ...Read more


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What is a cradle cap?

What is a cradle cap?

A common harmless...: ..Condition in babies. It involves yellowish scales on the scalp, and it often involves a certain type of fungus. If can be very mild and require no treatment (it often bothers the mother more than the baby), or more severe. It goes away eventually by itself, or if it's itchy, it can be treated with diluted over the counter dandruff shampoos. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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How can cradle cap be treated?

How can cradle cap be treated?

Yes: You can use mineral oil to loosen the scales and then wash with a gentle baby shampoo. Do not use the products that have lavender or other scents. Use the mineral oil at night and wash hair. Use your fingers to gently loosen the flakes. You can also use a very soft brush after applying the mineral oil to loosen the flakes. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cradle cap?

Seborrhea: Cradle cap is all known as seborrheic dermatitis, causes scaly patches on a baby's scalp. It is not serious, it can cause thick crusting and white or yellow scales. It usually resolves on its own within a few months. Simple measures, such as washing baby's scalp daily with a mild shampoo, can help loosen and remove the cradle cap scales. ...Read more

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How to get rid of cradle cap?

Frequent shampooing: Gently massage the baby's scalp with your fingers or a soft brush to loosen the scales. Shampoo more frequently (up to once a day), being sure to rinse out all the shampoo. After shampooing, gently brush the scalp with a soft brush or a terrycloth towel. There are baby shampoos developed especially for cradle cap that might be useful in stubborn cases. Or see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of cradle cap?

Baby oil: Cradle cap is essentially baby dandruff. Most of the time you can ignore it and it'll resolve in a few months. If it's getting too bothersome, massage in baby oil a few times a week. You can also use a soft bristled brush to scrape some of the scale away. If the scale is too dense, a dandruff shampoo like Selsun Blue can be used 1-2 times a week, leave on x 20 min, then wash off. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for cradle cap?

What are the treatments for cradle cap?

None needed: Cradle cap does not usually need to be treated. If it seems to be bothering the infant (or the parent), you can remove it by applying a lubricant (baby oil, olive oil, aquaphor). Leave the lubricant in for 15 minutes and then take a soft toothbrush and gently scrape it out. If that doesn't work, it's probably worth it to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of cradle cap on adults?

Dandruff shampoo: Use a dandruff shampoo and leave it on the scalp for 5 minutes before rinsing. Do this daily. If it is not clearing then see the doctor because it could be an infection or different diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you get cradle cap from kissing a baby's head ?

Can you get cradle cap from kissing a baby's head ?

No: Tell the adults around you not to bother you. Cradle cap is not catching - even if you were also a baby. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get rid of adults cradle cap?

MEDICALLY KNOWN AS: Seborrheic dermatitis is a common infant condition. However, adults can get it(dandruff) as well. Treatment is a shampoo with salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, coal tar or zinc pyrithione. Use daily for a week or so, then cut it to 2-3 times a week. Leave it in place for 5 mins or so after gently massaging the scalp, then rinse. ...Read more

Dr. Emily Altman
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Seborrheic Dermatitis (Definition)

Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs in all ages. It is common in the first year of life. It is due to sebaceous gland. It causes diffuse scaling of scalp and ...Read more


Dr. Jean Stewart
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Cradle Cap (Definition)

Scaling and flaking of baby's scalp, often yellow and greasy. In adults, ...Read more