Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment in Peoria, AZ

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, scaling rash that sometimes itches. Dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis may also occur on the eyebrows, eyelid edges, ears, the skin near the nose, and such skin-fold areas as the armpits and groin. Sometimes seborrheic dermatitis produces round, scaling patches on the middle of the chest or scales on the back.

Seborrheic dermatitis results from skin not growing properly. The cause is not known, but it is believed to be inherited. Seborrheic dermatitis is not related to diet and is not contagious. Nervous stress, irritants, and any physical illness tend to worsen seborrheic dermatitis, but do not cause it.

Sebborrheic dermatitis may appear at any age, either gradually or suddenly. It tends to run in families. Seborrheic dermatitis may last for many years or may disappear by itself. Often it gets better or worse without any apparent reason.


There is no cure for seborrheic dermatitis. However, we can keep this nuisance under control. The treatment of seborrheic dermatitis depends on what part of the body is involved. Dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, can usually be controlled by washing your hair often with medicated shampoos. Sometimes it is also necessary to use lotions or gels containing tar or cortisone.

In areas of smooth skin, such as the face and ears, cortisone-containing medicated creams, lotions, or ointments are effective. The proper cortisone applied to limited areas of skin does not affect your general health.

Once seborrheic dermatitis is under control, gradually use your medicines less and less. It may even be possible to stop the medicines completely, but occasional treatment is usually needed. Seborrheic dermatitis is not controlled by the treatment prescribed, we will need to modify your regimen. At times systemic medication, shots, or pills may be needed to get your condition under control and a potent cream or lotion may be required to maintain remission.