Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment
This common skin condition causes scaly patches of red skin and dandruff on the scalp but can also develop on other oily areas, such as the nose, eyebrows, ears, and chest. This condition can come and go on its own, or it may require treatment to eliminate the symptoms. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta provides seborrheic dermatitis treatment at our clinic in Alpharetta, nearby the Atlanta Metro area.
The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is not known, but medical authorities believe it is related to a yeast or fungus that exists in the oily secretions of the skin. Most likely, it is triggered by an autoimmune response to this yeast or fungal condition. It is often seen in conjunction with neurologic or psychiatric conditions, those with a weakened immune system or as a reaction to certain medications.
Professional Diagnosis and Treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis
Your dermatologist at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta may perform a physical exam and recommend specific skin tests to rule out similar skin conditions. The key to effective treatment for this or any skin condition is an accurate diagnosis. Once other conditions are ruled out (many can look the same, such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis or rosacea), Dr. Spitzler or Dr. Murad can craft an effective treatment plan.
Most treatment plans for seborrheic dermatitis include medicated shampoos, creams, and ointments that control inflammation, antifungal creams or medications and other oral medications. Patients affected with this condition should wash their hair and skin regularly and avoid styling products and any skin or hair products that contain alcohol.
For a professional diagnosis of and treatment for seborrheic dermatitis, or if you have more questions about this or other skin conditions, contact Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta. We can provide answers and treatment recommendations to help you manage your skin or hair condition.