Seborrheic Eczema is also called seborrheic dermatitis and is sometimes more commonly called dandruff and cradle cap (for babies 6 months and younger). It usually begins as oily, waxy patches on the scalp but can spread to the face and neck (and beyond!). As with most forms of eczema, Seborrheic Eczema is most prevalent in cold, dry climates. Men get it slightly more often than women do and suffer from the most severe outbreaks. Usually the earlest appearances of Seborrheic Eczema are during the first six months, but those cases typically clear by the time the child is a year old. From then until puberty the condition is quite rare. It again becomes prevalent between 40 and 70 years old. It also seems to appear more often in people suffering from Parkinsons and HIV as well as while recovering from a heart attack or stroke. Stress, fatigue and obesity are also high risk factors. If you have oily skin or hair and/or a family history of eczema, it would be wise to check regularly for outbreaks. Also if you have problems with acne, rosacea or psoriasis, these increase your chances of having Seborrheic Eczema.
Signs of Seborrheic Eczema
Note: the symtoms of Seborrheic Eczema often vary from day to day (isn’t that nice!) and may include:
- Skin that appears waxy and/or oily
- reddish patches that may seem swollen, similar to Atopic eczema or psoriasis
- patches occur most frequently at the sebaceous glands which are found:
- on the scalp
- at the hairline, upper lip, under the eyebrows, lip creases and around the nose
- on the eyelids and inside of and behind the ears
- in the armpits, groin, the underside of the breast and the navel
- very itchy skin, usually the result of a skin infection
- in severe cases the patches can be wide spread
Seborrheic Eczema is typically a chronic condition. Flare-ups can occur without warning.
Preventing Seborrheic Eczema
Many of the prevention tips in Atopic Eczema and Nummular Eczema apply to Seborrheic Eczema as well. Try to eliminate or at least reduce your stress will help in reducing outbreaks. If you can, avoid cold and/or dry climates or conditions. Avoid using any lotions, creams or other topicals that contain alcohol. Sometimes shampooing more often or leaving the lather on the scalp longer well help too. Some of the medicated dandruff shampoos will provide relief even when used on areas outside of the scalp.
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