Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis
Mild redness and scaliness of the scalp might be the initial finding in most patients. Dryness, redness and fine “greasy scaling” over the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, mid face, nasolabial folds (laugh lines), the beard areas, behind the ears, ear canal, and upper chest are characteristic findings.
However, many people may not have any noticeable or bothersome symptoms initially. This may result in delays in diagnosis and treatment of this condition, which in turn can lead to severe scalp itchiness, thick scalp scales, diffuse face and body rash, and even dryness or itchiness of the eyes. Seborrheic dermatitis can also worsen other skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, etc. This condition can also lead to pigmentary changes especially in darker skin patients.
Different rashes may look similar to seborrheic dermatitis such as 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 for seborrheic dermatitis.
The itching and flaking that can be associated with seborrheic dermatitis can be bothersome and affect self-esteem. 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.