Seborrheic Dermatitis - Signs and Symptoms

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What are seborrheic dermatitis symptoms and signs?

The rash itself is characteristically red and scaling but occasionally can become weepy and oozy. The scaling can be extensive enough to be called dandruff and can be the patient's major complaint.

The distribution of this rash is often of great help in making the diagnosis. In adults areas commonly involved include the scalp, the outer ear and external auditory canal, the forehead, the brows, the eyelids, the cheeks adjacent to the nose, including the folds that extends from the nose to the sides of the mouth, and less commonly the armpits, the mid-chest, and mid-back regions. In babies, the rash causes a scalp eruption commonly called "cradle cap." It can also be more extensive and involve the diaper area as well. Although in both adults and children the rash may have no symptoms, it commonly causes itching, especially in the scalp.

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Comment from: Been there, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I used to have seborrheic dermatitis for about 5 years. The itching drove me insane. I think it"s from getting water in your ear canal. I used to always air dry my hair after taking a shower, and I think some water just remained in my ears. I started using a blow dryer on the lowest setting to dry out my ears, and the problem was gone within a week.

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Comment from: Catcat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

For years my ear canal in both ears has been periodically itchy and sheds dry skin. At times I have scratched inside with my finger and pulled out big fingernail sized pieces of skin, like sun burnt, peeling skin. The itching is intense sometimes. I hardly ever get ear wax, just dry bits of skin. I am self conscious about it. Sometimes it can have a slightly moist, milky discharge.

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