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Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment

If you have dandruff or patches of flakey skin on your face or chest, you may be experiencing seborrheic dermatitis. This skin condition impacts skin with an abundance of oil glands, typically the chest, face and scalp. Individuals of all ages can be affected by this condition, which can be embarrassing and aggravating. When OTC shampoos or creams do not work, MJR Dermatology offers seborrheic dermatitis treatment at our clinic in Lawrenceville, GA.

Causes and Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis

Anyone can experience flaky scalp, from infants with cradle cap to older adults with dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis does tend to impact the scalp the most, but you can have symptoms on the cheeks, nose, chest and even the eyelids. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, but it is related to skin yeasts that can contribute to the outbreak. Some of the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include:

  • Oily patches of skin covered with scaly white or yellow substance
  • Flaking skin
  • Red rash on light skin, discolored rash on dark skin
  • Itchy skin

Flare Ups of seborrheic dermatitis can last for weeks or months. There are triggers that can lead to outbreaks and make the condition worse. Stress, anxiety, depression, weather changes and fatigue can all increase the risk of seborrheic dermatitis. Some health conditions can also increase risk, such as Parkinson’s disease, HIV and recovering from severe events like a heart attack.

Relief from Flaky Skin

If you have seborrheic dermatitis and it is severe, there are medical treatments that may help you get it under control. Anti-fungal creams and oral medications may be needed to stop the cycle and allow the skin to heal. Special creams and shampoos can be beneficial, including those that contain a corticosteroid to stop skin inflammation, itching and flaking.

Seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious, but it can be very frustrating and difficult to control on your own. To learn more about dermatology treatments for severe dandruff or itchy, flaky skin, come see our team at MJR Dermatology. Call our medical center in the North Atlanta area in Lawrenceville, GA, to schedule your seborrheic dermatitis exam and consultation.

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Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC


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