Seborrhoeic dermatitis in adults

Seborrhoeic dermatitis in adults and infants are essentially two different diseases despite sharing the same label. This usually affects young adults and has a male predominance. It can be a long-term problem but it is usually mild and treatable. It is seen on the scalp as mild dandruff but may spread to the face, ears and chest. If it does, the skin will become red and inflamed and may start to flake. Treatment with anti-fungal creams and shampoos should relieve the problem. It is thought that the yeast pityrosporum ovale largely causes this condition.


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