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.

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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. .

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...

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...