Seborrheic dermatitis, commonly called dandruff, is a common condition that affects infants, adolescents and adults. It tends to have a chronic course that fluctuates in nature, but is usually mild. The scalp is usually involved, and it can affect the face and chest.

Itching is major symptom with this condition. There are a few conditions associated with dandruff, so a medical evaluation is important. At Advanced Dermatology our experience medical providers have very effective treatment plans to manage this condition. Make your appointment today.

Q: Are there risk factors for developing this?

A: Yes there are. People with oily skin (termed seborrhea) and a family history of psoriasis are at increased risk. Additionally, having a suppressed immune system (organ transplant, HIV infection, etc) and neurologic or psychiatric diseases (Parkinsons, depression, etc) increase your risk.

Q: Is this an infection? Is it contagious?

A: Seborrheic dermatitis is not an infection. Rather, it is skin inflammation responding to a yeast that is a normal inhabitant of our oily skin areas. It is not contagious so it is not something that close contacts need to be concerned about.

Q: What kind of treatments are there?

A: Most treatment plans involve topical medications (ex, topical steroids and anti-yeast creams) and medicated shampoos (ex, zinc pyrithionine, selenium sulfide, ciclopirox, or ketoconazole), applied as described by your provider. Make your appointment today for an evaluation.