Seborrhea, dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, as it is better known, is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that gets its name from the sebaceous glands found on your head and trunk. It is thought that in patients who have seborrhea that a type of yeast associated with these glands can build up from time to time, leading to an irritation that causes the surrounding skin to redden and flake. Seborrhea is very common and can be easily treated with the right medications.
How is treated?
Proper hygiene plays an important role in treatment. Washing with an antifungal shampoo can inhibit the growth of the yeast, and gentle topical steroid and antifungal cream can help with redness and scale. Treating seborrheic dermatitis is important as chronic inflammation can contribute to hair loss.