Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis or seborrheic eczema is a common skin condition that causes skin dryness and redness. It commonly affects the skin on the scalp, around the eyes, eyebrows, nose, and chest.

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I have a painful, dry and flaky patch of skin above my eyes. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor,Please help me. I have unbelievably dry, flaking, painful, itchy, and now folding skin above my eyes and it is driving me crazy. It looks awful and is affecting my self-image. Every day I moisturize, multiple times, from coconut oil to rosehip, Vaseline, even hydrocortisone to no avail....  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You seem to have eyelid dermatitis, either seborrheic dermatitis or contact dermatitis. Though Cortisone should help, however, if it has not been much effective. Y...  Read Full »

I am suffering from scalp dandruff that flares up on using any type of hair product. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am dealing with dandruff on my scalp from a very young age. I have started getting similar red, dry patches in and around my eyebrows, bridge of the nose, and ears. In addition, they flare up on using any hair products. Is dandruff contagious and what is the treatment for it? Please ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, welcome to I understand your concern and will try to help you. I went through your photos (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and it is seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory condition that occurs due to fungus and excess oil produc...  Read Full »

Why do I have a severely irritated scalp with dandruff despite using Regaine cream for almost a year?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from female pattern baldness, and I have been using Regaine (Minoxidil 5%) for almost a year. It has worked perfectly well for me, and I am happy with the results. Even my sister has been using it for the same complaint. However, now there seems to be a complication. Both si...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed the picture you shared (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). You have seborrheic dermatitis, which is dandruff with inflammation, in other words. I suggest you use Salisia KT shampoo (Ketoconazole and Sal...  Read Full »

I have itchy skin and flakes on my scalp along with other body parts. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have itchiness and flakes on my scalp. Other itchy areas include ears, back, eyes, forehead, anus, and private parts. I have been told it might be psoriasis or food allergies. I have temporary relief by showering and applying tea tree oil, but no permanent solution. How should I cure...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. You have seborrheic dermatitis, a papulosquamous disorder that mainly involves sebum-rich areas of the body like the scalp, face, eyes, eyebrows, side of the nose, chin, and trunk. I suggest you to follow a few i...  Read Full »

Something has popped up near my mouth and nose. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor,Something has popped up near my mouth and nose since today evening. Is there anything to worry or is it just dry skin?  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Is it associated with itching or pain? Did you apply any cream or commercial hair dye? Is it present only on one side of the face? How old are you? Are there blisters? Can you send a good-quality image?  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for seborrheic dermatitis with recurrent dandruff despite using an antifungal shampoo.

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis and took Ketoconazole 2 % shampoo. But, after one month of great evolution, my pruritus is back associated with hair fall. I am a medical student living under some emotional stress. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the history provided, seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp may appear on and off due to multiple factors throughout life for 99 percent of individuals, including hormonal fluctuations, climate changes, stress, history of generalized dry skin, infections, dietary...  Read Full »

What is the permanent solution for severe dandruff problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male, suffering from hair dandruff for the past one year heavily. I have a history of dandruff but I only used anti-dandruff shampoo before, only this last year it got so intense, that now it is not only in my scalp but it started to show on my face. It is showing ...  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to These are typical symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. It is a chronic condition due to overactivity and inflammation of the sebaceous gland sometimes aggravated by fungus Malessezia a normal inhabitant of the body. You need to stop all oil application. Keep dry. 1. Use ...  Read Full »

What is the remedy for dandruff of the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having dandruff ever since I can remember. Tried many remedies, but nothing seems to work to get rid of the dandruff. Now it has started to appear on my eyebrows and eye lashes. Could you suggest a remedy, test and treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Dandruff or Seborrheic dermatitis is an important cause of scalp itching and increased hair shedding. Controlling dandruff effectively would control scalp itching too. Since dandruff is bound to recur, therefore rather than using a regular shampoo, people with dandr...  Read Full »

Are these patches behind the ear and on the back of head due to tinea capitis?

Query: Hello doctor, Do you think I have tinea capitis? I am attaching my shaved head photograph. I am currently using Ketoconazole 2 % shampoo.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, it is looking like tinea but not tinea capitis. It is tinea corporis (corporis - body parts) spreading on to your scalp. There is a round rash with active edges and clear center on yo...  Read Full »

I have a very itchy scalp, and my scalp pains sometimes due to itching. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a very itchy scalp. It irritates me every time, and some white flakes stick to my scalp, and my scalp pains sometimes due to itching. So I used the scalp shampoo. It relieved for a while, but it again started. Once, I went for a check-up for a white patch on my face, and the doctor...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It seems like you have severe dandruff. We call it seborrheic dermatitis. I suggest you use the following: 1. Salisia KT shampoo has Ketoconazole and Salicylic acid in it. Use shampoo on alternate days to wash your scalp. 2. Do not use any...  Read Full »

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