Though sebborrheic dermatitis treatment can’t cure the chronic skin disorder, it may help reduce the embarrassing symptoms. Seborrheic dermatitis can be extremely uncomfortable due to burning and itching, as well as unsightly red, scaly, oily patches of skin and excessive dandruff. One prevailing myth about seborrheic dermatitis is that it’s caused by bad hygiene, thus attaching a certain social stigma to the sufferer as well. As with any condition, a qualified health care professional should be consulted about any treatments before you begin using them.
Topical treatments. For seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, the National Library of Medicine states, “You can treat flaking and dryness with over-the-counter dandruff or medicated shampoos …Shampoos or lotions containing selenium, ketoconazole, or corticosteroids may be prescribed for severe cases.” A number of medicated lotions, gels and foams can be applied to other areas of the body that may be affected by sebborrheic dermatitis. Symptoms may also be controlled with moisturizing products and anti-itch creams that will help you be more comfortable until the flare dies down.
Systemic medications. In severe cases, several types of oral drugs that treat the entire body are available. These include certain anti-fungal agents, as well as drugs that have shown to be effective by acting as a mild immune suppressor. All applicable oral medications should be obtained by prescription through your doctor.
Lifestyle changes. Most cases of seborrheic dermatitis are not severe enough to offset the risk factors of most available treatments. However, simple measures may help shorten the duration of symptoms during a flare-up and possibly even decrease the rate of occurrence. Try not to scratch the affected area. Wear smooth, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fibers such as cotton or silk. Apply moisturizing lotion to your skin regularly, even in unaffected areas or when there is no visible dermatitis. Try to use soap and detergent that is specially formulated for sensitive skin, and avoid products with harsh ingredients such as alcohol and fragrances. Men may find some relief from shaving facial hair. Finally, seborrheic dermatitis appears to respond well to sunlight, so regularly getting out in the sun with the appropriate sunblock may help relieve the condition.