How to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that causes your skin to flake off. This condition is most commonly referred to as dandruff or cradle cap in infants. Although most commonly found on the scalp, it can affect other areas of the body, including the extremities and the face. Seborrheic dermatitis is typically easily treated.

Use an over-the-counter dandruff treatment shampoo. If the seborrheic dermatitis appears on your scalp, you can try an anti-dandruff shampoo. Popular brands include Head & Shoulders and Denorex.

Inquire about a prescription strength dandruff shampoo. If the over-the-counter versions are not successful, a doctor can prescribe a stronger version that contains selenium sulfide.

Apply the shampoo to treat seborrheic dermatitis as directed. Your doctor may recommend using the shampoo for only two or three times a week. The shampoo works by staying in your hair for five minutes or more before getting rinsed out.

Get a steroid lotion for seborrheic dermatitis outbreaks on other areas of the body. If you have seborrheic dermatitis on your skin, a doctor can give you a steroid lotion to use on the affected areas.

Put on a hydrocortisone cream if you experience any itching. Seborrheic dermatitis can cause itchiness that can be relieved by these over the counter creams.


Do not use any products to treat seborrheic dermatitis in babies without speaking to your pediatrician first. Most doctors recommend using a mild baby shampoo and regular brushing of the hair. Avoid any type of products that may worsen the condition. Mild soaps and detergents should be used when laundering clothes.

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