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Doctor insights on: How To Know If You Have Seborrhea Or Dandruff

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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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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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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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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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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

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)

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