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What is seborrhoeic eczema?

Seborrhoeic eczema is a common skin disease affecting any sebum-(natural oil) producing area of the skin. It is thought to be caused by the yeast Pityrosporum, and is characterized by yellowish-red, scaly areas on the skin, and dandruff. Antidandruff shampoos are often helpful. Seborrhoeic eczema is a condition that affects both adults and children alike. It is general a type of dry skin eczema that affects that scalp area. For many people the constant itching and irritation of this

condition is a daily part of their lives. If this is a condition that has plagued you for years, you can do something about it. You don't have to watch your child suffer from this condition either. You can find a skin treatment product that can address this and many other problems associated with dry, sensitive skin.

Seborrhoeic eczema has little or nothing to do with sebum (the oily secretion of the sweat glands), so the name is a poor one. The name persists partly because some of the areas affected (eg the groins and armpits) are also where there are greater concentrations of sweat glands within the skin. It is a well recognised pattern of eczema affecting all age groups from young adults to the elderly. A type of seborrhoeic eczema is also seen in babies during the first year of life. Skin infection by yeast called Pityrosporum is thought to play a part in seborrhoeic eczema. Anti-yeast treatment can therefore be effective, although it usually needs to be repeated periodically.

Medicated shampoos containing anti-yeast medication may keep mild activity under control. If there is a lot of scaling, additional treatments such as sulphur and salicylic acid cream followed by selenium shampoo or coal tar preparations can be needed. A mixture of anti-fungal cream and mild steroid (1% hydrocortisone) is the usual regime for flare-ups. This is used for approximately two weeks at a time. Washing your face and body twice a week in the shower with the medicated shampoos listed above helps to prevent relapse. The main treatments for infants are emollient creams, but mild steroid and/or antifungal creams may be needed. Cradle cap can be loosened with a mixture of salicylic acid in aqueous cream, which is then washed out with baby shampoo. Oils such as olive or arachis are also long-standing remedies for de-scaling cradle cap.

More information on eczema

What is eczema? - Eczema is a heterogeneous group of different non-infectious skin diseases. Eczema occurs in both children and adults, but usually appears during infancy.
What types of eczema are there? - There are various types of eczema, including atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis), contact dermatitis, varicose eczema, discoid eczema, nummular eczema, stasis dermatitis.
What are the symptoms of eczema? - Symptoms of eczema are itching and redness, and may make the skin dry and flaky. Eczema makes the skin more sensitive.
What causes eczema? - The most common cause of eczema is a general allergic over-sensitivity. Other types of eczema arise as a result of causes within the body.
How does eczema affect people? - In eczema, the main problems occur in the epidermis where the keratinocytes become less tightly held together.
How is eczema diagnosed? - Eczema is usually diagnosed through a physical examination. Further tests may include skin biopsy or patch tests.
What are the treatments for eczema? - Avoidance of the aetiological factors is one important therapeutical approach. Symptomatic treatment includes topical and systemic treatment regimens.
How can eczema be prevented? - Eczema flare-ups can be prevented by avoiding exposure to extreme temperatures, dry air, harsh soaps and bubble baths.
How to deal with infant or baby eczema? - For mild to moderate baby eczema, the application of moisturizer on a regular basis can be very helpful. Avoid as many eczema triggers as possible.
What is atopic eczema and its treatment? - Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the commonest form of eczema and is closely linked with asthma and hayfever.
What is dyshidrotic eczema? - Dyshidrotic eczema is a form of eczema often seen on the hands and feet where tiny blisters of serum form just below the skin's surface.
What is nummular eczema? - Nummular eczema is a chronic eczema characterised by coin-shaped, sharply demarcated lesions. Nummular eczema is more common in males.
What is hand eczema (hand dermatitis)? - Hand eczema, also called hand dermatitis, is a skin condition in which the hands develop a rash and become red, dry, cracked, and inflamed.
What is varicose eczema? - Varicose eczema is due to increased pressure within the veins in the leg. Varicose eczema affects the lower legs people in their middle to late years.
What's seborrhoeic eczema? - Seborrhoeic eczema is a common skin disease affecting any sebum-(natural oil) producing area of the skin. 
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