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Seborrhoeic Dermatitis – Overview

Dandruff is a scaly skin disorder of the scalp. It is an extremely common scalp condition (it affects up to 40% of the human population worldwide), though it is comparatively harmless, except for its role in hair loss and acne (pimples). Research shows that dandruff can alter the hair cycle, causing hair loss.

While the disorder is termed as dandruff in adolescents and adults, in babies, the condition is called cradle cap.

Dandruff is not a disease per se, as it is never life-threatening. However, the itchy, white, scaly flakes that it causes are not only annoying but also somewhat emotionally distressing.

Dandruff can have damaging effects on one’s emotions, personal attractiveness, self-confidence and, by extension, social life. Largely, people with a dandruff problem are found less attractive by the opposite sex.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a severe form of dandruff. It is an inflammatory skin disorder affecting the scalp, face and some parts of the body. Typically, it causes a scaly, flaky and itchy scalp. Listed below are some of the symptoms for seborrhoeic dermatitis:

  • Greasy, scaly and white (or yellow) flakes that fall from the scalp;
  • Itching and redness of the scalp;
  • Dusty, white flakes fallen from the head to the shirt, etc.

Symptoms of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disorder that affects the scalp, face and some parts of the body. It is a severe form of dandruff. It causes a scaly, flaky and itchy scalp. Read more.

Causes of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

It is not yet known what exactly causes seborrhoeic dermatitis. To know more on the combination factors that might lead to it. Read more.

Treatment approach at Dr Batra’s ™

Step 1: First Consultation – At your first consultation our doctors will spend 30-45 minutes with you. This is important for us to understand your condition and suggest a customized treatment based upon your medical history, lifestyle and prevalence of seborrhoeic dermatitis in your family.

Step 2: Medical Diagnosis - Our doctors will then conduct a non-invasive video-microscopy test to check the extent of scalp damage and intensity of scaling. This may be followed by the wood's lamp test to check the causative factor, such as fungus.

Step 3: Personalized Treatment – Natural homeopathic medicines are suggested based on the cause and extent of your condition.

Step 4: Supplementary Treatment – US FDA approved non-invasive hair vitalizing treatment (HVT) is recommended as a supplementary treatment to reduce breakage, make your hair strong and regain vitality. Read more.

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