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Seborrheic Dermatitis

Alternate Names : Dandruff, Cradle Cap

Seborrheic Dermatitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatments for seborrheic dermatitis include:

  • shampoos containing special substances such as selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, tar, or ketoconazole
  • topical corticosteroid lotions
  • ketoconazole cream
  • sulfur and salicylic acid mixtures
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Medicated shampoos can dry the hair. Sometimes they can irritate the scalp. Long-term use of topical corticosteroids can thin the skin. A rash may also occur.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Long-term treatment is often needed to control episodes of seborrheic dermatitis.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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