Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disease that results in red, greasy rashes that can itch and produce a white or yellow crusty appearance. This skin condition may look as though it is caused by poor hygiene, but it can develop regardless of an individual’s hygienic practices.
Seborrheic dermatitis occurs in two types, depending on age:
- Cradle cap: Many babies develop cradle cap, a strain of seborrheic dermatitis common in infants. The baby’s scalp develops greasy, scaly patches that become thick and crusty. Despite its alarming appearance, cradle cap is harmless and usually disappears between the first six months and one year of life. Babies can develop seborrheic dermatitis on other body parts, including the diaper area, and some experience an all-over scaly rash.
- Adult flare ups: Some adults experience seborrheic dermatitis, in which case the condition comes and goes for the rest of their life. Flare-ups can be triggered by cold, dry weather or stress, though proper treatment controls these triggers and offers relief.
Although seborrheic dermatitis is not curable at this time, treatment can reduce symptoms and prevent skin infections. Depending on your age and the location of your condition, Dr. Michael J. Messina may recommend a dandruff shampoo for the scalp and skin, barrier-repair cream, or a medication to apply to the skin. Our dermatologist will create a treatment plan that may combine two or more methods that involve skin care and medication. Please follow Dr. Michael J. Messina’s instructions exactly for best results and contact Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists at 760-773-6616 if you have any questions about seborrheic dermatitis in Palm Desert, California.