My Seborrheic Dermatitus Woes


 Rather than moan and bother my family constantly about my dermatitis issues, I decided to write about it instead. I suffer from Seborrheic Dermatitis mainly in my hands, but it crops up around other parts of my body from time to time.

dermatitis on hands

Here’s What I know about it

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a generic term describing an inflammation of the skin. Though there could be many causes of the occurrence in multiple forms, it is a disorder involving a swollen and reddened skin with an itchy rash.

Development of a crust or blister or ooze affects the skin. Dermatitis is not life-threatening and neither is it contagious but can cause you a lot of discomfort and make you conscious. But with self-care and many advanced medications it can be kept under control and treated.

The different types of dermatitis (inflamed skin disorders):

Each type is different from the other and may simply occur on different parts of the body. But the most common types are:

  • Seborrhoea dermatitis- It s a kind of a red rash somewhat yellowish with oily scales occurring usually on the scalp and rarely on the face and behind the ears and nose too. A reason for dandruff and is common for people with oily skin or hair and is purely seasonal. Hereditary factors hardly play a role in these conditions. This disorder is known as cradle cap in infants.


  • Atopic dermatitis- Also known as eczema, it begins in infancy and generally occurs where the skin flexes, in front of the neck and behind the knees. It s a red, itchy rash which at times leaks fluids and crust when scratched. Normally occurring with allergies, most of the time happens in families where the members have eczema, hay fever or asthma.


  • Allergic contact dermatitis-The occurrence of this rash is mainly on such areas of the body that has come in touch with substances that irritate or is a cause of an allergic reaction, example, poison ivy, and jewellery containing nickel and sometimes perfumes and cosmetics too. The rash might burn, sting and itch and cause blisters too.


Before making a visit to a doctor it is important to note, that seborrheic dermatitis natural treatment is available and should be considered before trying more evasive approaches. Excessive use of these topical steroid creams can cause permanent damage to the skin.

When is a doctor required?

  • When the discomfort gets out of control,that you cannot sleep or are disrupted from the daily routine.
  • The skin pains a lot.
  • You have a suspicion that the skin is infected.
  • You have tried all kinds of home remedies but still not successful.

The diagnosis:

dermatitis steps

The doctor observes the irritation and the patch’s location in the body and sometimes takes a scraping of the infected skin for microscopic analysis. To identify the causes of mainly the Allergic Contact dermatitis the doctor might also do a patch test wherein he applies various allergens to obscure parts of the skin to test what substances cause this inflammation. He applies different substances on the skin and covers with an adhesive. When you go for a review after several days he checks the reactions to any of those applications.

Drugs and treatments:

First and foremost is identification of the type and if possible to destroy the cause. If the infection is mild then may be OTC hydrocortisone cream, wet compresses and avoiding irritants should solve the problem. A light therapy where you expose your skin to natural or artificial light might help too. The doctor would probably recommend an oral antihistamine to control severe bouts of itching. An antibiotic might be needed if there is any development of a secondary infection. And an extreme case might require you to take corticosteroid pills or injections. Again however, effective seborrheic dermatitis natural treatment should be tried first.

There are other treatments as well pertaining to the category:

  • When you have seborrheic dermatitis you can try a good dandruff shampoo. These shampoos contain zinc pyrithione, salysycilic aicd, tar, ketoconazole, selenium or sulphur, any one or a combination might work for you.
  • You have contact dermatitis when you come in touch with certain chemicals or medications. These should be identified and avoided and to relieve the discomfort might be recommended antihistamines and corticosteroids.
  • You can treat nummular dermatitis with a moisturizing lotion and a corticosteroid cream.
  • When your legs get swelled up, you have stasis dermatitis. Discover the underlying condition and control it. Wear support stockings and keep your legs in an elevated position.

Natural treatment:

  • Applying OTC hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion
  • Covering the infected area with dressings to prevent scratching and thus protecting your skin.
  • Add some baking soda or colloidal oatmeal to your bath water.
  • Do not scratch and wear cotton clothing.
  • Wash your clothes with unscented mild laundry products.

The factors that can increase the risk:

  • Atopic dermatitis normally begins in infancy. But other types can crop up at any age.
  • With a personal or family history of asthma or hay fever, you are most prone to developing atopic dermatitis.
  • A profession that can’t prevent you from being in constant touch with metals increase the risk of contact dermatitis.

Unnecessary complications:

When you keep scratching the rash which is itchy due to dermatitis the sores might open further causing infection. These infections might increase the probability of something life-threatening.

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