Dermatitis (Seborrheic dermatitis)

Seborrheic dermatitisWhat is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as cradle cap, is a kind of eczema that often occurs on children’s scalps.

This is very common in infants, although it usually clears up when they are about a year old. Adults could also experience this skin problem and it would usually appear as an itchy and scaly scalp.

This could also appear on the face, back, and upper chest.

Areas that are oily are those areas where seborrheic dermatitis would usually develop. Although this is not entirely harmful, it is still very unsightly.

 

What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Though at present, the exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis has not yet been determined, there are various factors that are believed to contribute to the development of such:

  • Fungus or yeast. In the skin, there is a certain type of yeast called malassezia that thrives in the oily secretions, plus bacteria are all factors that contribute to the appearance of seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Hormones. Some have linked hormones to the occurrence of seborrheic dermatitis considering that the condition would often appear during infancy but would disappear before one reaches the age of puberty.
  • Neurological disorders. It has been shown that people suffering from neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy suffer more frequently from seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Lack of essential fatty acids, as well as B-vitamins in the diet. People who do not take in appropriate amounts of essential fatty acids and B-vitamins were prone to developing seborrheic dermatitis compared to those who have all these nutrients.

 

Diagnosis, Signs, and Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis

Some of the common symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are the following:

  • Dandruff
  • Thick crusts appearing on the scalp
  • Red skin that is covered with either white or yellow scales
  • Itchiness
  • Scales that are yellow or white, attaching to the hair shaft

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Seborrheic Dermatitis

In treating seborrheic dermatitis, all you need to possess is discipline, especially when it comes to your diet. By going for a healthier diet, you would be able to see the symptoms improve.

 

Diet for Seborrheic Dermatitis

  • Try to avoid foods that have high sugar content.
  • Also avoid refined white flour based foods.
  • Steer clear of cow’s milk and its by-products, wheat, and also eggs.
  • Identify food intolerances and steer clear of these foods. For children, you need to clean up their diets.
  • Fruit blends would work wonders for your child. You can mix bananas, raspberries, and kiwis in a blender. Adding sunflower seeds or flax seeds will provide essential fatty acids to your child. You can then add a low-fat live fruit yoghurt. This would be a healthy dessert that your child would eat with gusto.
  • Try to add to food, oils that are rich in Omega 3 and 6.
  • You must try to eat whole grains. This would be perfect for adults suffering from dermatitis.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be included in the diet too.

 

Useful Remedies

  • Multi-vitamins. You can have your child take multi-vitamins everyday so that you know that he gets the right nutrition every day. If he is not so keen about this, try adding the vitamins to cold dishes.
  • Add organic green food powders. These are rich in minerals and vitamins, as well as essential fats. You can try to add this to breakfast cereals.
  • Take Biotin, which is usually lacking in the diets of those who suffer from seborrheic dermatitis.
  • For children who are breast fed, the mothers must take around 10mg of biotin. Rich biotin sources are egg yolk and liver.
  • In affected areas, essential fats could be directly applied. You could use borage oil and evening primrose oil. In fact, you could take 2000mg of evening primrose oil every day.
  • B-complex should be taken every day to ensure that the B-vitamins in the body are all working optimally.

 

More Helpful Hints

  • Avoid chemicals. Shampoos, detergents, perfumes, and other products often contain a lot of harmful chemicals that could cause the condition. Many hairdressers suffer from seborrheic dermatitis due to prolonged exposure to the chemicals they use in their profession.
  • Use organic products. These products are gentler on children’s delicate skin.
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