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Can seborrheic dermatitis in the scalp cause hair loss and/or thinning hair?

Can seborrheic dermatitis in the scalp cause hair loss and/or thinning hair?

Yes: It can certainly cause hair to good in to its resting phase called telophase. It could take up to 6 months to return to the active growth phases. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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My seborrheic dermatitis is flared up on my scalp and it feels tight. And burning . Does that mean i will lose more hair? I did use the. Clobe.

My seborrheic dermatitis is flared up on  my scalp and it feels tight.   And  burning .  Does  that mean i will lose  more hair? I did use the. Clobe.

Maybe, maybe not: Mild seborrheic scalp dermatitis may not cause any hair loss at all, just a bit itchy, flaky scalp etc...Severe case may cause some hair loss, but prompt and adequate treatment likely will allow the hair to grow back in a few months. Just make sure it is not scalp fungus/ringworm as clobetasol can make it feel better initially, but actually will make the lesion bigger/worse over time. Consult doc. ...Read more

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Does burning with seborrheic dermatitis mean more hair will fall out? I had a flare up and am using clobetasol . Scalp feels tight and pink in place

Does burning with seborrheic dermatitis mean more hair will fall out?  I had a flare up and am using clobetasol .  Scalp feels tight and pink in place

Maybe, maybe not: Mild seborrheic scalp dermatitis may not cause any hair loss at all, just a bit itchy, flaky scalp etc...Severe case may cause some hair loss, but prompt and adequate treatment likely will allow the hair to grow back in a months. Just make sure it is not scalp fungus/ringworm as clobetasol can make it feel better initially, but actually will make the lesion bigger/worse over time. Consult doc. ...Read more

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I suspect I have Seborrheic dermatitis. What concerns me is that lots of hair falls out every time I shampoo. Scalp itches with water.

I suspect I have Seborrheic dermatitis. What concerns me is that lots of hair falls out every time I shampoo. Scalp itches with water.

See derm: People with seborrhea may have a lot of dandruffs but do not lose hair. You need to consult a dermatologist re. the cause for your hair loss (iron def, thyroid disease, autoimmune disorders , contact allergy etc) ...Read more

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I think I am experiencing a chemical burn or allergic reaction after using hair dye. My scalp has sores that are weeping. I do have Seborrheic Dermatitis. What can I do at home?

I think I am experiencing a chemical burn or allergic reaction after using hair dye. My scalp has sores that are weeping. I do have Seborrheic Dermatitis. What can I do at home?

Exam needed: Reactions to hair dye do occur and will resolve after a period of time. Since you have more than redness or itching, I recommend that you be examined by your physician or a dermatologist to see if secondary infection is present and if so, appropriate treatment can be started. In the meantime apply warm soaks and, if possible, apply a combination of antibacterial and cortisone type cream until seen ...Read more

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Can i use minoxidil for my hair while i have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp ? Or can i use apple cider vinegar topically for my scalp ?

Can i use minoxidil for my hair while i have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp ? Or can i use apple cider vinegar topically for my scalp ?

Apple cider: is not going to help baldness.
Minoxidil, is hard to say; it is effective ONLY on some patterns of baldness and NOT on receeding hairline. AND irritated scalp is more likely to react to any drug put onto it. Furthermore, enough irritaiton can cause baldness (and responds to anti-inflammatories). I guess I am recommending a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can seborrheic dermatitis interfere with hair growth?

Not really...: Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory condition thought to be related to an over abundance of a bacteria called pityrosporun ovale. The immune system recognizes this bug and attacks it and in the process causes the skin to get inflamed red and itchy. This induces scratching which can then lead to hair breakage which gives one the impression that they are loosing hair but the root is not damaged. ...Read more

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Is it possible to lose hair with seborrheic dermatitis?

Is it possible to lose hair with seborrheic dermatitis?

Yes: Yes. It can cause inflammation and irritation of the hair follicles and cause hair loss. ...Read more

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Flaky brown skin in my cheeks ...possible causes? (I have seborrheic dermatitis, but flaky skin is normally white) Harm or affect facial hair grow?

Flaky brown skin in my cheeks ...possible causes? (I have seborrheic dermatitis, but flaky skin is normally white) Harm or affect facial hair grow?

Flaky brown skin: May be eczema ( especially since you have seborrheic dermatitis) or fungal. Consider miosturizing with coconut oil , or may need prescription treatment with lotrisone antifungal/ steroid.. Short term should not have effects but if scarring may have effects f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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1. Can the hair caused by seborrheic dermatitis regrow? How long does it take? 2. What kind of foods that cause seborrheic dermatitis

1. Can the hair caused by seborrheic dermatitis regrow? How long does it take?  2. What kind of foods that cause seborrheic dermatitis

? hair loss: I assume you meant to ask about hair loss from seborrheic dermatitis. Once you control it and stop scratching, the hair will start to grow back. No foods cause this problem. ...Read more

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I was exposed to the sun yesterday and my face is a little red, what should I do? Can affect seborrheic dermatitis or my facial hair growth?

I was exposed to the sun yesterday and my face is a little red, what should I do? Can affect seborrheic dermatitis or my facial hair growth?

Enjoy yourself: A little time in the sun is good for you. If it's going to be more than a little, use sunscreen. If you've got seborrheic dermatitis, manage it like a grown-up -- simple dandruff shampoo might be enough. Your facial hair growth is genetically programmed -- sparse or thick, be happy with what nature gave you. Frankly, I'm sorry anybody made you afraid of sunlight -- too many scaremongers. ...Read more

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Does seborrheic dermatitis causes severe hair loss and mainly at hairline??

Does seborrheic dermatitis causes severe hair loss and mainly at hairline??

No: Seborrheic dermatitis does not cause hair loss, but there are other skin conditions that can do that. Hair loss can also be caused by underlying medical problems, like a thyroid disorder, or can be caused by medications. You should see a dermatologist to have this checked out. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to encourage hair regrowth after patchy hair loss caused by seborrheic dermatitis?

Time: Hair growth after an inflammatory condition like seborrhea takes time for the hair to regrow. I don't think there is any specific way to hurry the process. ...Read more

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What are the main differences between psoriasis of the scalp and seborrheic dermatitis? Is there a cure for s. Dermatitis? Why does it happen? Ty dr

What are the main differences between psoriasis of the scalp and seborrheic dermatitis? Is there a cure for s. Dermatitis? Why does it happen?  Ty dr

Seborrheic dermatiti: Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that mainly affects your scalp, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff. The cause is unknown.Seborrheic dermatitis tends to be chronic, and there's usually no strategy that stops it permanently. But treatments, including many you can try at home, may control your signs and symptoms during a flare-up.See a dermatologist so they can help u. ...Read more

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Can I get rid of seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp?

Can I get rid of seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp?

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 to do if I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp i need help getting rid of it?

What to do if I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp i need help getting rid of it?

Dermatologist: I would see a dermatologist. This physician can prescribe medication that can improve this condition. ...Read more

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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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