What is Seborrhoeic Eczema?
Symptoms and Treatment
Seborrhoeic eczema often begins as what appears to be a dandruff problem, but then it can spread to your neck and back. Seborrhoeic eczema is the extreme itching and flaking that may be caused by yeasts living on the scalp. Seborrhoeic eczema refers specifically to a breakout on the scalp that can cause the skin to be dry, flaky, and even bloody. This is a type of eczema that can spread to the neck as well as the upper back and chest regions. Seborrhoeic dermatitis in babies is often called cradle cap.
In order to treat seborrhoeic eczema you can begin by showering and thoroughly cleaning your hair, head, Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seborrhoeic_eczema.pngand neck area. Although proper cleansing is vital in the treatment of seborrhoeic eczema, medication may also be prescribed to help treat your eczema. It is important to note that many people who suffer from eczema shower and bathe regularly. Lack of cleanliness is not believed to be the root cause of eczema: however it is still important to include throughout cleaning as part of any seborrhoeic eczema regimen that your doctor may put you on.
Stress and fatigue are also considered to be aggravators of seborrhoeic eczema. If you suffer from any form of eczema is imperative that you try to alleviate any stress, get plenty of sleep, bathe regularly, eat a healthier and lower fat diet, and take any seborrhoeic eczema medicine that your Doctor may prescribe such as a topical cream that is to be applied directly to the scalp and infected areas.
Topical creams and ointments are often used to treat seborrhoeic eczema. In order for these lotions to be effective it is imperative that you thoroughly wash and rinse your scalp and hair before applying any of these topical creams. There are numerous types of anti-fungal medicated lotions available to help treat your seborrhoeic eczema. A doctor's prescription is needed in order for your particular needs to be diagnosed and then the proper anti-fungal ointment can be given to you.Washing your hair and scalp Credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=1708daily with an antifungal shampoo may be enough to clear up the milder forms of seborrhoeic eczema. Doctors may recommend that men either shave their head or at least get a shorter haircut style so that the sun can penetrate the hair onto the scalp. The UV rays from the sun have been proven to help kill off some of the yeasts that can cause eczema of the scalp. Seborrhoeic dermatitis is greatly aided and in some cases even cured by enough UV rays hitting the scalp. (Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1967880)
If you are just beginning to develop seborrhoeic eczema then you can try an over the counter anti-fungal medication. If the non prescription antifungal shampoo does not work then get an appointment to visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe a stronger prescription anti-fungal treatment as well as offering you other ways of helping to get rid of your seborrhoeic eczema naturally such as increased scalp exposure to the sun.