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Seborrheic Dermatitis: Treatment

Treatment Of Seborrheic Dermatitis

There is no known complete cure for seborrheic dermatitis. It can be controlled by using shampoos on the scalp and ointments/creams/gels on the body. You may have to use these medications for a long time till the seborrheic dermatitis does not clear. You should therefore avoid more use of steroids for treating seborrheic dermatitis.

For scalp, your doctor may prescribe shampoo containing active ingredients such as selenium sulphide, zinc pyrithione, or ketoconazole. You should allow the shampoo to remain on your scalp for about five minutes minimum and then wash it off. Your doctor will tell you about the frequency of use of the shampoo. The frequency depends upon severity of the disease.

For treatment of the patches on the body, your doctor may prescribe steroid creams, or anti-fungal preparations. Sometimes, they may be combined with anti-bacterial agents. Apply the formulations as directed.

There is no known prevention for seborrheic dermatitis. Keep your body free of oil, don't get stressed and watch when the weather changes. Washing your scalp regularly with an anti-fungal shampoo once a week may be a good idea. Consult your doctor about treatment and prevention.

If you have psoriasis with seborrheic dermatitis, your doctor will follow a different line of treatment.

Article created on: June 30, 2006

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