Seborrheic Eczema - Symptoms

Seborrheic dermatitis is a type of eczema; a common skin disease that happens due to overproduction of oil secretion and the irritation from a yeast called malessiza. Seborrheic dermatitis is an eczema of a hereditary nature. The condition can be aggravated due to stress, extreme weather, oily skin, lack of skin cleansing, use of creams and lotions that contain alcohol, obesity and skin disorders like acne. It has been seen that neurological conditions like stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, head injury are linked to Seborrheic Dermatitis.

Symptoms of Seborrheic Eczema:
The symptoms of seborrheic eczema or seborhheic dermatitis as it is popularly known are:
Lesions in the skin
Plaque formation over large areas
Itchy skin
Mild redness on the skin
Flaking of the skin, can appear whitish or yellowish.

Seborrheic dermatitis can be seen in many parts of the body. Characteristically speaking, it forms where the skin is oily or greasy. So the most affected skin areas include the skin folds, scalp, crease of the nose, external ear and the area behind the ears, lips, eyelids and eyebrows. In infants, Seborrheic Eczema is known as cradle cap; a harmless condition.

Cradle cap is seen in newborn infants and children up to the age of three or four.Cradle cap is not caused due to lack of hygiene, it is not an allergy and it is not a cause of concern. It does not itch in some cases.


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