What Are Symptoms and Risk Factors of Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Q:
What are symptoms and risk factors of seborrheic dermatitis?

A:
Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis may include:

  • Skin flakes (dandruff) on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache
  • Patches of greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales or crust on the scalp, face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids, chest, armpits, groin area or under the breasts
  • Red skin
  • Itching

The symptoms may be more severe if you are stressed or the weather is cold and dry.

Risk factors

There are some factors that can increase your risk of developing seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Neurologic and psychiatric conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and depression
  • A weakened immune system, such as seen in organ transplant recipients and people with HIV/AIDS, alcoholic pancreatitis and some cancers
  • Recovery from stressful medical conditions, such as a heart attack
  • Some medications
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