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Doctor insights on: Dandruff Vs Seborrheic Dermatitis

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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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How to differentiate between psoriasis, dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis given that sd can sometimes be yellow?

How to differentiate between psoriasis, dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis given that sd can sometimes be yellow?

See a doctor: Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful.Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by itching and flaking of the skin on your scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that mainly affects your scalp, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis? Is there any harm in using sd shampoo if it's only dandruff?

How can I tell the difference between dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis? Is there any harm in using sd shampoo if it's only dandruff?

Pretty much the same: Dandruff (seborrhea) is common. Shampoos with zinc, salicylic acid, selenium, or coal tar are sold in many stores. Nizoral shampoo (contains anti-fungal) is also available. Doctors may also recommend cortisone or kenalog (triamcinolone) sprays. Prevent dryness (don't wash hair too often). A primary doctor or dermatologist can look for psoriasis, eczema, or fungal infections if unusual or worrisome scalp symptoms. ...Read more

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I had persistent red face and sometimes dandruffs on beard especially at winter. How can know if it rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis?

I had persistent red face and sometimes dandruffs on beard especially at winter. How can know if it rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis?

Consult Dermatologis: It is difficult to say. I suggest you consult a Dermatologist or your Primary care doctor to find out what you have and get it treated appropriately ...Read more

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What is the difference between dandruff ahd seborrheic dermatitis? I have large flakes in certain areas of my scalp, especially around the edges.

Same: dandruff refersto the flaking part of seborrhea (Oily scalp condition) and seborrheic drmatitis is seborrhea with skin (scalp) inflammation. Easily treated with most oTC dandruff meds. ...Read more

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Hi I've seborrheic dermatitis on scalp I'm using anti dandruff shampoo daily is doing workout is bad for seborrheic dermatitis please advise thx. .

Hi I've seborrheic dermatitis on scalp I'm using anti dandruff shampoo daily is doing workout is bad for seborrheic dermatitis please advise thx. .

Exercise good: Keep working out. You neglected to identify the shampoo. Is it effective? You can use it every day. If it is not satisfactory a prescription will help you. There are several. A dermatologist knows best what to do. Bring whatever you now use if you go. ...Read more

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I hv chronic dandruff wd itching & Hairfall. If I don't shampoo for 1 day my scalp starts stinking & itching bad. Seborrheic dermatitis suggestions plz?

I hv chronic dandruff wd itching & Hairfall. If I don't shampoo for 1 day my scalp starts stinking & itching bad. Seborrheic dermatitis suggestions plz?

What's been tried?: There are lots of options. Sometimes scalp odor is due to your particular bacterial flora rather than a fungus. Have you tried a daily sulfur shampoo? This is likely to give you a good result. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter cure for rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis on face (facial dandruff)? Can I use sulfur soap? Ointment?

Any over-the-counter cure for rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis on face (facial dandruff)? Can I use sulfur soap? Ointment?

Yes OTC: For patients with seborrheic dermatitis of the face, we suggest treatment with a low potency topical corticosteroid cream, a topical antifungal agent, or a combination of the two. ...Read more

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Hair loss, no flaky dandruff, little itchy bumps. Th are consistently below range, TSH normal. Dermatologist says its seborrheic dermatitis. Vitamins?

Hair loss, no flaky dandruff, little itchy bumps. Th are consistently below range, TSH normal. Dermatologist says its seborrheic dermatitis. Vitamins?

Seborrheic dermatiti: Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that mainly affects your scalp, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff. Typically caused by overproduction of oils in the skin and a yeast called malassezia. Easy to treat, just follow the recommendations. ...Read more

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O I treat seborrheic dermatitis?

O I treat seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic Dermatiti: Seborrheic Dermatitis of scalp. If OTC dandruff shampoo doesn't work, your dermatologist can discuss treatment options wi you. This may include options like Rx strength hydrocortisone, desonide or fluocinolone. Antifunfal shampoo or oral meds, metronidazole, photochemotherapy are some options. ...Read more

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What increases risk for seborrheic dermatitis?

What increases risk for seborrheic dermatitis?

Seb Derm: A yeast (fungus) called malassezia. This fungus is one of the normal microscopic life forms that grow, along with certain bacteria, in your skin's oily secretion (sebum). Creams, foams or lotions containing an antifungal agent, such as ketoconazole (ketozole, extina), often help reduce flare-ups, supporting the idea that this yeast is a contributing factor. This codition is not contagious. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis?

What are the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis?

Seborrheic Derm: Seborrheic dermatitis (seb-o-ree-ik der-muh-ti-tis) is a common skin disorder that mainly affects your scalp, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff. In infants, seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp is known as cradle cap. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect your face, upper chest, back and other areas of your body that have many oil (sebaceous) glands. ...Read more

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What foods should I especially avoid if I have seborrheic dermatitis?

What foods should I especially avoid if I have seborrheic dermatitis?

None: Food allergy is not associated with seborrheic dermatitis. However, about 1/3 of patients with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis may have an allergic trigger. Those allergic triggers for atopic dermatitis may be foods such as milk, egg, or peanut or environmental allergies like dust mite. ...Read more

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Can a high fat diet cause seborrheic dermatitis?

Can a high fat diet cause seborrheic dermatitis?

No.: There is no credible evidence of a link between the two, to my knowledge. ...Read more

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Does seborrheic dermatitis have permanent treatmnet?

Does seborrheic dermatitis have permanent treatmnet?

Define "permanent": Most cases can be controlled adequately with a good over-the-counter anti-seborrhea shampoo and Hydrocortisone cream. Stubborn cases require prescription products. But it will always come back and require re-treatment, because the yeast that causes it is a normal component of your skin. If you're looking for a one-time, permanent cure, it doesn't exist; at least not yet. ...Read more

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How to control seborrheic dermatitis over the counter?

How to control seborrheic dermatitis over the counter?

Dandruff: Dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, is a common disorder that is believed to be caused by a yeast. Most treatments are geared at reducing the yeast. Such treatments include nizoral, (ketoconazole) head and shoulders, and selsun blue. Tar shampoos and corticosteroids can be used as well. This condition rarely results in hair loss.

Treating the dandruff, usually clears the dry scalp. One can use scalp oils. ...Read more

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How to control seborrheic dermatitis over the counter?

How to control seborrheic dermatitis over the counter?

Shampoos: Over the counter shampoos that may help seborrheic dermatitis include head & shoulders, nizoral, (ketoconazole) selsun blue, and neutrogena t/gel. Sometimes cycling shampoos over time helps control this condition better. If these are not helping, consult a dermatologist for prescription treatment options. ...Read more

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How can I treat the itchy symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis?

How can I treat the itchy symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis?

Shampoos or lotions: Several ways to treat seborrheic dermatitis. On the scalp, prescription shampoos can be used such as ketoconazole or clobetasol shampoo. Topical corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory medications can control the redness or scaling symptoms. Over the counter shampoos can be helpful in mild cases that contain selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have folliculitis or seborrheic dermatitis?

How do I know if I have folliculitis or seborrheic dermatitis?

Dandruff: Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the hair follicles. It appears as a small localized area of pus surrounding the opening of a hair follicle. Dandruff -- those dry, white flakes of skin you brush off your collar or shoulders. Skin cells that grow and die off too fast are the problem with dandruff. ...Read more

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Taking out flakes of my seborrheic dermatitis can affect beard growth?

Taking out flakes of my seborrheic dermatitis can affect beard growth?

Manage it: Seborrheic dermatitis is the most manageable of all skin problems. You probaby have a great beard; get it cleared up. An antifungal like ketoconazole plus some additional topicals should keep it under control ...Read more

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Opinions on what's a quick way to treat rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis?

Opinions on what's a quick way to treat rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis?

Nothing quick: Yu can help avoid exacerbations by avoiding caffeine, heat, intense exercise that leads to a lot of sweating.
Avoiding vasodilators like wine and alcoholic beverages
Medical treatments:
several antibiotics
Photo facials
some chemical peels
speak to a dermatologist all of there require several treatments ...Read more

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I was wondering what's a quick way to treat rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis?

I was wondering what's a quick way to treat rosacea/seborrheic dermatitis?

2 different disease: These are two different disease processes that require different approaches. Unfortunately there is no quick solution. ...Read more

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I shave with a eletric razor and I have seborrheic dermatitis...Good ideia? Any tips?

I shave with a eletric razor and I have seborrheic dermatitis...Good ideia? Any tips?

Where?: Where is the seborrheic dermatitis? How controlled? Electric razor best if used on dry skin. Most efficient on short whiskers, so best strategy is to shave VERY GENTLY TWICE A DAY. Shaving more frequently means it is easier, faster, less irritating. Avoid pressing it, avoid going over and over. Do not try for a perfect shave or a close shave. ...Read more

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Seborrheic Dermatitis, does alcohol make it worse? Also does it leave visible marks?

Seborrheic Dermatitis, does alcohol make it worse? Also does it leave visible marks?

Relax: Seborrheic dermatitis is manageable if you're willing to work at it. Ketoconazole, coal tar, sulfur, blue shampoo, and judicious use of topical glucocorticoids are your friends. You list only "Eumovate" topical steroid and this is only one component of good management. Unlike rosacea, it's not much exacerbated by alcohol and shouldn't govern your decision to drink or not. It does not produce scar ...Read more

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How many people have Seborrheic Dermatitis in the USA? Where can I find a support group?

How many people have Seborrheic Dermatitis in the USA? Where can I find a support group?

You and me: There are plenty more. I've dealt with it for a lifetime, and the key is to learn everything you can about it, so your personal physician can be an effective partner working with you in managing your illness. You won't find a group that meets, as you might for psoriasis, since by an large if the diagnosis is correct, it's manageable. Don't overlook older remedies or overuse glucocorticoids. Cheers ...Read more

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I am suffering from seborrheic dermatitis, so is shaving head help in treating it or not??

I am suffering from seborrheic dermatitis, so is shaving head help in treating it or not??

Not much: It might be easier to apply topical treatments to the scalp if there isn't hair, but shaving your head won't make the seborrheic dermatitis any better. ...Read more

Dandruff (Definition)

Dandruff is when dead skin cells from the scalp shed. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a ...Read more


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Seborrheic Dermatitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp. It causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect oily areas of the body, such as the face, ...Read more