Infants and adults can experience the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis, a common type of rash that appears on the skin. While seborrheic dermatitis is common, the cause of this condition is not always known. Dr. Katherine Chiang at Precision Medical Specialists can accurately diagnose skin rashes that are caused by seborrheic dermatitis. Dermatology treatment depends on the type and age of the patient, which is available at our medical center in Wellington, FL.
Infant Seborrheic Dermatitis
Infants three months old and less may experience seborrheic dermatitis. Cradle cap is a common form of infant seborrheic dermatitis, but this rash can occur in the diaper area, face, eyelids and other places on the body. The symptoms include a yellow or brownish scale on the skin that is greasy. Most infants do not seem bothered by the condition, and it typically dissipates on its own, usually before one year of age.
Adult Seborrheic Dermatitis
Adults and adolescents who get seborrheic dermatitis will usually have the condition for life. Outbreaks may come and go, usually occurring where the skin tends to be oily like on the face, scalp, upper chest, upper back or genital area. While the exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is not known, risk factors include ages 30-60, certain medications and a variety of medical conditions like alcoholism, rosacea, HIV, Parkinson’s disease and others. Symptoms include:
- Patches of scaly skin
- Patches of skin that are oily or greasy
- Skin beneath patches is red
- White or yellow scales can flake off patches
Adults can have reoccurring outbreaks of seborrheic dermatitis throughout their lifetime. There is not a cure for seborrheic dermatitis, and adult versions of this condition will not go away on its own like infant cases.
Seborrheic dermatitis treatment can include specialized shampoos, topical medications and barrier-repair creams. Following a prescribed treatment plan can shorten outbreaks and improve the symptoms and appearance of the skin.
If you have symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis and want to explore treatment options, contact our team at Precision Medical Specialists. We can schedule an appointment with Dr. Chiang at our facility in Wellington, FL, for diagnosis and seborrheic dermatitis treatment to give you relief from your symptoms.