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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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Cradle Cap (Definition)

Cradle cap is a common, harmless condition affecting babies where there is a yellow, scaly, dry ...Read more


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

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

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How can adult cradle cap be treated?

Is it really??: The closest thing to infant cradle cap in adults would actually be a fungal infection of the scalp. Cradle cap in infants is basically old skin cells stuck together unaffected by baby shampoos that don't loosen the flakes.Regular use of medicated dandruff shampoo will help adults solve the flake issue, but if unresponsive you will need to have it looked at by your pcp. ...Read more

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What is cradle cap? Can adults get it, too?

Unlikely: Cradle cap is due to the accumulation of dried and dead skin in the scalp of an infant, usually due to family's concern that mild scalp massage might "damage the brain through the baby's soft spot." as adults do not have a soft spot, they are much less likely to have cradle cap, as the fear of brain damage from scalp massage is not present. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about adult cradle cap, anyone know how to get rid of it?

Seborrhea: Sounds like you are describing seborrhea or psoriasis. Seborrhea should respond to washing a couple times a week with selsun blue medicated shampoo. Psoriasis will not. If it does not respond, see a your doctor or a dermatologist for further diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have thick patchy layers of dandruff stuck to my scalp which itches i think is either cradle cap or seborrheic derm how can I permanently cure (19yr?

Have it looked at: You may be dealing with a scalp fungus that may require a prescribed oral anti fungal agent.Creams don't penetrate the scalp deep enough to get at the hair root, so it can persist. If not, a good scalp care routine can be set up. ...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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What are the most common symptoms of cradle cap?

What are the most common symptoms of cradle cap?

Oil it up: A good safe remedy for that is baby oil applied to the area, it will help clear it up! ...Read more

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How can I treat cradle cap?

How can I treat cradle cap?

Baby oil/olive oil: I typically recommend baby oil or olive oil on the scalp for cradle cap. After applying, gently loosen the flakes with a soft baby brush, and then wash your baby's hair. There are some over-the-counter cradle cap treatment kits available as well. If persistent, ask your doctor about dandruff shampoo used twice a week. ...Read more

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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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