This is one of the wide ranges of medical conditions that fall under eczema. It is characterized by yellowness on the skin, scaly appearance on the scalp as well as other parts of the body. The skin is also oily or greasy to touch. The other forms of eczema include atopic dermatitis, irritant dermatitis, contact dermatitis as well as dyshidrotic dermatitis.
This skin condition cannot be passed from one person through body contact and is not necessarily caused by poor hygiene. All the same seborrhoeic dermatitis is a life-long condition which underlies the need for regular treatment just to keep it on check.
The other names for seborrhoeic dermatitis include dandruff, seborrhoeic eczema as well as seborrhoeic psoriasis. This condition also affects infants where the condition is known as cradle cap.
What are the symptoms of seborrhoeic dermatitis?
You will know that you have this chronic skin infection if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Itchiness of a stinging feeling in the skin
- The skin becomes red
- The ears, face, scalp, chest among other parts are covered by greasy patches.
- Flakes cover the eyebrows, hair and the scalp.
When should you see a doctor?
Although the condition is unlikely to get very serious initially, it will make you uncomfortable. There are some signs that you should not dismiss when you start to experience them. These are:
–loss of sleep due to seborrhoeic dermatitis should not be taken lightly
-if the condition reaches a point where it brings you lots of embarrassment heightens your anxiety to unmanageable proportions.
-any whim of suspicion that you have a ski infection
-if you have exhausted all possible options in a bid to help yourself deal with the condition.
Once you realize that you have seborrhoeic dermatitis, look for home remedies such as aloe vera, fish oil and tea tree oil.