Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Flaking and scaly skin on the face, neck, or scalp is known as seborrheic dermatitis. When found on the scalp, this condition may cause what appears to be dandruff; in some cases, it could also lead to hair loss. When found on other parts of the body, seborrheic dermatitis consists of red patches with layers of flaky skin on top. Patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area who suffer from this condition can find help at Clear Lake Dermatology.
Seborrheic dermatitis can be caused by a reaction to a type of yeast called malassezia and is more common in patients who have immune or neurological disorders. Patients who suffer from this condition may notice more frequent outbreaks whenever they are stressed or fatigued. Weather changes can also cause this disease to worsen, as symptoms are generally noticed more during the winter months.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment
Our doctors normally diagnose seborrheic dermatitis by examining skin samples under a microscope. Because seborrheic dermatitis often mimics other types of skin disorders such as psoriasis, visual examination is generally not enough for a positive diagnosis. Accurately diagnosing this condition is essential, as prescription-strength products can be used to treat seborrheic dermatitis but are not effective on other skin disorders. Some of the products used to relieve the flaking and itchiness caused by seborrheic dermatitis include shampoos and lotions. In some cases, a pill may need to be taken internally. Severe instances of this disease could require light therapy to kill excess amounts of yeast.
People with seborrheic dermatitis should wash their hair and face regularly. Moderate exposure to sunlight is also effective at curbing the growth of malassezia. Some patients find the number of flare-ups is diminished whenever they take fish oil supplements on a regular basis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious, so patients with this disorder do not need to worry about spreading this condition to others.