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Seborrheic dermatitis is a type of chronic eczema that impacts areas of skin with an abundance of oil, or sebaceous glands. The scalp is one of the most common areas for seborrheic dermatitis to occur, but it can also affect the nose, upper back or upper chest. This type of eczema can be controlled with treatments to manage the symptoms. Our dermatology team at LM Medical NYC offers seborrheic dermatitis treatment at our clinic in Manhattan.

Causes and Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis

The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is not known, but it tends to affect either children under three months (cradle cap) or adults between the ages of 30-60, and it is not contagious. Genetics and hormonal factors can contribute to the onset of this type of eczema. There are triggers that can bring on the symptoms. The symptoms include:

  • Inflamed, greasy skin
  • Dry, whitish or yellowish flakes/dandruff
  • Itching or burning skin
  • Red skin or pink patches

Seborrheic dermatitis can be related to certain autoimmune diseases, nervous system disorders and yeast growth on the skin. Men are at a slightly higher risk than women to obtain this skin disorder. Those that have other skin problems like psoriasis, acne or rosacea tend to be at higher risk for seborrheic dermatitis. However, this form of eczema is not related to allergies or allergens like many types of dermatitis.

Treatments can be used to control contributing factors, minimizing the itching, irritation and inflammation of the skin. Treatments can include corticosteroid medications and medicated shampoos to manage symptoms.

If you or your child has seborrheic dermatitis and you want to explore treatment options, contact us at LM Medical NYC today to book your appointment. We can schedule a skin consultation with our renowned board certified dermatologist, Dr. Morgan Rabach, at our clinic in Greenwich Village.

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