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Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic condition and affects the head, face, eyebrows, eyelashes, chin, ear and elbows. It presents as reddish, raised, crusts or white shedding of skin. Whilst there is no obvious link between overproduction of sweat, seborrheic dermatitis is common in males.

The GP will ask for the presence of symptoms such as itch, shedding of the skin and if this affects other areas of your body.

Treatment by the GP will depend on severity

  • Mild form of seborrheic dermatitis is best managed with
    • Pyrithoine zinc shampoo twice a week and leave the lotion in the hair for 5 minutes before washing it out.
  • Moderate form of seborrheic dermatitis is best managed with
    • ketoconazole (20mg/g) shampoo applied twice a week and leave in the hair for 5 minutes before washing it out.
  • Severe form of seborrheic dermatitis is best managed with
    • hydrocortisone scalp lotion (combined with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week) to be applied daily for one week

Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp can be managed with regular shampooing of hair. It is important to avoid wearing head gear as the fungus multiply in regions that are a dark and moist.