Seborrheic Dermatitis - Complications

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What are complications of seborrheic dermatitis?

There are few direct complications attributable to this condition. Most problems seem to be related to misdiagnosis or mistreatment. Rarely, certain cutaneous fungal infections of the face and scalp can resemble seborrheic dermatitis. Treatment of errors of this sort with anti-inflammatory medications (topical steroids) can encourage the growth of fungi and the spread of the infection. The overuse of potent topical steroids in an ill-conceived attempt to cure this condition, especially on the face and armpits, can result in many undesirable skin changes.

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Comment from: justmee, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 01

My child has this condition. Had it on his scalp, underarms and behind the ears. He uses T-Gel Shampoo, lotions up with Eucerin Lotion and uses triamcinolone acetonide behind ears and underarms every shower time. This really works for him. Sometimes I just use hydrocortisone cream 1.0% and that works too. If he skips any of this, dermatitis returns.

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Comment from: jrs, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis when I was about 20. My problem areas were scalp, eyebrows, ears and elbows and hands. A doctor prescribed valisone lotion and the container had a place to put a small tube where you could part your hair and spray on the scalp. I now get a generic: betamethasone valerate lotion USP, 0.1%. I use a Q-tip for my ears. I've not been bothered for several years now. I chalk my case up to nerves, stress, etc. I do not know another family member that has this.

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