Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common, chronic inflammatory skin condition and one of the most common causes of scalp itchiness. The areas most commonly affected are those rich in sebaceous glands (oil glands) such as the scalp, sides of the nose, forehead, eyebrows, chest and back. Patients may refer to this condition as dandruff of the scalp. In infants, this condition is common on the scalp and is referred to as cradle cap. The condition is particularly common after the fifth or sixth decades of life but can occur across the lifespan.
Different rashes may present similarly to Seborrheic Dermatitis including psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and other fungal rashes. For this reason, it is important to see one of our experienced providers for proper diagnosis and treatment of a dry itchy scalp.
The itching and flaking that can be associated with Seborrheic Dermatitis can be bothersome and affect self-esteem. Scratching of the scalp or other affected skin can lead to excoriations and open sores that can be tender. As this is a chronic skin condition, it is important to find a treatment that works best for you when the rash flares, and develop a maintenance treatment to prevent flares.