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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 best treatment for seborrhea (dandruff like) in a child's hair? 6 year old girl

What is best treatment for seborrhea (dandruff like) in a child's hair? 6 year old girl

Selinium: Based shampoos are best suited for dandruff treatment, or other anti dandruff shampoo, several are commercially available, ask your drugstore, most important is to use it regularly for few weeks, if no improvement see a dermatologist, goodluck ...Read more

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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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What does dandruff mean ?

What does dandruff mean ?

DANDRUFF: Nothing stops dandruff like a blue serge suit! dandruff is a flaky, scaling, often itchy condition of the scalp. What to do, besides seeing a dermatologist? Shampoo daily (if you can) with either a tar shampoo (t-gel or tarsum, for example), or with Nizoral (ketoconazole) or selsun shampoo. These are over-the-counter. If it doesn't improve, see a dermatologist. Best luck! ...Read more

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What is dandruff caused by?

Depends: Dandruff is flaking of the scalp. It can be simple shedding of skin. Can be due to sun burn. Can be due to infection, inflammation or other acute causes. Mostly, however, it is due to seborrheic dermatitis. This is an inflammation of the skin often due to a low grade fungal infection or a reaction to oils in the scalp. Best treated with tar shampoos or antifungal shampoos. Maybe topicals. ...Read more

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How can i cure my dandruff?

How can i cure my dandruff?

See a dermatologist: Meanwhile use an anti dandruff shampoo in a daily shower. There are many. Try a few. ...Read more

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Why has my son got dandruff?

Why has my son got dandruff?

Options: Genetics, hormones, excess oils on skin (including scalp), infrequent washing / too frequent washing, skin condition from "products" used in hair--for a start. If washing hair at least every other day, can try an anti-dandruff shampoo for now--if effective, may spontaneously resolve over time. If not, may benefit from seeing dermatologist to identify source. ...Read more

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What to do if I have crazy dandruff?

What to do if I have crazy dandruff?

Anti-dandruff 'poos: Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection. Buy over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, and look for one that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; selenium sulfide, which can limit cell turnover and decrease the amount of fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a sort of scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. ...Read more

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How to know if i still have dandruff?

How to know if i still have dandruff?

Look: You don't cure dandruff, but you manage it. Thankfully, it's easy to keep at bay with a variety of natural and artificial medications. Coal tar, sulfur, ketoconazole, selenium, blue pharmacy shampoo. and a bunch of other stuff. Find what works for you and keep at it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes chronic dandruff in a guy?

What causes chronic dandruff in a guy?

Could be Fungal: Chronic itching and flaking in the scalp can be many things from just bad dandruff, to a fungal infection called tinea capitis, to scalp psoriasis and more. If otc anti-dandruff shampoo is not helping, i would see a dermatologist. ...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