Seborrhea. Half the people have some form of it. Seborrhea is a common skin problem. It causes a red, itchy rash and white scales. When it affects the scalp, it is called “dandruff.” It can be on parts of the face as well, including the folds around the nose and behind the ears, the forehead, and the eyebrows and eyelids. On the body, seborrhea often occurs in the middle part of the chest, around the navel and in the skin folds under the arm, below the breasts and in the groin and buttocks area.
Who gets seborrhea? Infants may get seborrhea and it is known as “cradle cap.” Cradle cap goes away after about six months. It may also affect the diaper area and look like a diaper rash.
Seborrhea also affects adults and elderly people, and is more common in men than in women. It occurs more frequently in people with oily skin and is also common in patients with Parkinson’s disease or AIDS.
The cause of seborrheic dermatitis is not fully understood. It is likely that a number of factors such as hormones and stress can cause it. A yeast-like organism plays an important role.
Treatment will help keep seborrhea under control. It’s important to keep your body clean. The best treatment I have found is Neutrogena®T/Gel®, (which was passed on to us by a reader.) It kills the itch.