Seborrheic Dermatitis Cleveland
Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin disease that causes a red, scaly, itchy rash typically on the scalp, eyebrows, folds around the mouth, and ears. Seborrheic dermatitis can last for years. It tends to clear and flare without warning. While treatment often is necessary to control it, for some people, seborrheic dermatitis clears without treatment.
Dermatologists believe that the yeast that lives on our skin and an excess release of oil from the skin contribute to seborrheic dermatitis. The excess oil from the skin serves as a food source for yeast to grow. The yeast then causes inflammation (redness and swelling), irritation, scaling, and flaking. The yeast is present on everyone’s skin, but only some people’s bodies react to the yeast causing the rash.
A dermatologist can diagnose seborrheic dermatitis by the way it looks and where it is on the body. There is no way to cure seborrheic dermatitis, and it may get better on its own. Treatments can keep the skin clear while you use them. Your dermatologist can tell you which medication is best for your seborrheic dermatitis.
Memberships & Affiliations
- American Academy of Dermatology
- American Medical Association
- American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
- American Society of Dermatologic Surgery