Seborrheic Dermatitis – How To Treat And Prevent Without Steroids ?


Seborrheic Dermatitis-

Seborrhea (Seborrheic dermatitis , Dandruff, Seborea) is a common  condition caused  by multiple  factors. It  appears  usually  on areas  in the skin that have a high concentration of sebaceous glands. Especially on the sides of the nose, between eyebrows, scalp, front chest and on the center back between the shoulder blades.

Sometimes the redness of the scalp skin also spreads to  the upper part  of the forehead near  the hairline. In some people, these areas of red skin area covered with thick  white scale (These  are dead cells of the skin). In addition to the significant aesthetic discomfort Seborrheic  dermatitis  is  frequently   a  cause  for  scalp  itch.

Seborrhea or Seborea  is  in many cases   a  familial  tendency. One of the important reasons for this phenomenon is excessive secretion of sebaceous material from skin areas that have a large amount of sebaceous glands. In addition it seems that  a  special  fungus  that  grows  in the  sebaceous  material  triggers  inflammation that  causes  the redness  of the skin. The condition  is  more  pronounced  in  times  of  stress  and  in people  with  mental or  neurological   diseases   such  as  Parkinson’s disease.


In many cases it is necessary to distinguish between Seborrheic  dermatitis  and  psoriasis. Both are common skin conditions which  have  a  familial tendency. Both conditions appear  on the  scalp  but psoriasis will also   appear in skin on the  elbows and knees. On the other  hand   red  skin on  the sides of the nose and between the eyebrows is  more common  for  seborrhea. In some  cases there is a combination of psoriasis and seborrhea referred by dermatologists as  Seborriasis.

Effective Treatment of  Seborrhea or Seborea without  steroids:

Because the Seborrheic dermatitis is the tendency of the skin – you can not cure it . Nevertheless, in many cases it  is possible  to  suppress the symptoms and reduce significantly the discomfort associated with them.

First  line  of  scalp  treatment  are  the  anti-Dandruff shampoos. These types of shampoos typically contain Zinc Pyrithion, selenium sulfide, distilled tar products or materials against fungi such as ketoconazole.

All types of shampoo (except those containing selenium sulfide 2.5 percent) may be  used often, preferably  every day – without fear. It is recommended to use different types of shampoo to  take advantage  of  their different action mechanisms. The  shampoo  should  be  left on the skin for about three minutes massaged  and rinse  well .

Many  doctors  prescribe  steroidal   lotions  or  creams for the facial redskin areas . Although lotions or  creams that contain steroids bring a rapid relief for the   first  few  days ,  the prolonged use of such creams can cause skin damage including the development of atrophic  skin  (very thin  skin)  and enlarged  skin  capillaries  . Doctors who are aware of the damage associated with prolonged steroid use tend to recommend the treatment creams that do not  contain steroids-  mostly   compounds   containing  sulfur  and  salicylic  acid  in an ointment  base.

Special prescription shampoos containing antifungal substances such as ketoconazole  may be  also helpful  in   Seborrheic  dermatitis  of the  scalp  and  skin. It is recommended to use  these  shampoos  two or three times a week. Women with Seborrhea Choose fat-free moisturizer. (Oil free)

A  new  medicine  launched  recently  in  Israel  offers a  very  effective  treatment  and  prevention  for  Seborrheic  dermatitis without using steroids. This medicine SebaCare100 also works simultaneous  in  a few  mechanisms  of the  disorder.  It  was  shown  to  destroy the  fungus  related  to the  conation  and  in parallel  to  reduce  the   inflammation  of the skin and  the  quantity  of  scales. Clinical studies conducted in Europe showed that substantially reduce the redness carcinoma sufferers seborrhea approximately 82 percent of cases.

What is an Seborrheic  dermatitis in babies?

Secretion of sebaceous  material  (fat)  from the skin depends on the amount of male hormones (testosterone) in both men and women. These hormones in the mother’s blood are transferred to the baby during  pregnancy and  stay there  for  the  first months of life. This hormone causes  in the baby  an increased discharge of  sebaceous  material  and skin inflammation usually on the  scalp and sometimes the folds of skin. The situation is not dangerous and transient in most cases before the age of one year. Baby  Seborrhea is sometimes expressed in diaper area  and should  to be distinguished from the common  diaper  dermatitis  caused  by contact of the skin  with baby secretions . Dermatologist  can  help  the  condition  with  sulfur/salicylic  compounds  and  mild  steroidal  topical.

Seborrheic  dermatitis and eyelid skin:

Special form of the familiar and Seborrheic  dermatitis  may  appear on the  eyelids. This is a chronic condition which is expressed in red and itchy  skin mostly on the edge of the eyelids. If there are scabs and scaly skin, the eyelids can be treated by mild  steroidal creams.

Remember Seborrheic  dermatitis or Seborea a condition which tends to disappear and reappear. If the phenomenon repeats often necessary to repeat the prevention and treatment and persisting for several weeks or even months. In any case, make sure to that  your  dermatologist matches  treatment  to your  individual  condition avoiding   side effects associated with inappropriate treatment.

There  is  no  cure  for  seborrheic  dermatitis.  Steroidal  creams  or  ointments  can  provide  short term  relief.  Nevertheless  prolonged  use  of these  topicals  (more than  5-7  days)  bears  the  risk  of  damaging the causing it  to  thin  and  fragile.  Non steroidal  ointment  can  be  prescribed  by  dermatologist  (Containing  a  mixture  of  sulfur  and  salicylic  acid  )   or  bought  over  the counter  ( SebaClear )

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