Seborrhoeic Eczema

Seborrhoeic eczemaSeborrhoeic eczema is a condition which can cause inflamed and red patches on your skin. These patches are covered with small scales. You are most likely to suffer from Seborrhoeic eczema in the following locations:

  • Your scalp
  • You face, particularly your eyebrows or forehead.
  • Ears
  • Upper chest
  • Between your shoulder blades
  • Skin folds.

Symptoms of Seborrheic Eczema

The symptoms of this condition are incredibly easy to spot. If you notice that there is a red, flaky patch in numerous places on your skin, then there is a chance that you are suffering from eczema. Simple as that. There are very few other conditions which can cause this, other than psoriasis (there are a few tiny differences between the appearance of the rash) Of course, you will always want to go to your doctor as they will be able to provide you with a formal diagnosis. It is likely that they will be able to provide you with the diagnosis just by looking at your skin.

Treatment of the Condition

The way in which the condition is treated will be dependent on where it is located. In most cases, you will have a medicated product which helps to reduce the amount of yeast on your skin. This can drastically reduce the appearance of seborrheic eczema. If the condition is particularly bad, you may also be provided with a corticosteroid gel which has been designed to reduce inflammation and itching. However, since this is a steroid it will be given as a last possible resort and you will only be using it for a short period of time.

Causes of Seborrhoeic Eczema

Nobody really knows what causes it, unlike other forms of eczema. The ‘best guess’ that people can make is that a yeast known as malassezia causes it. This is a yeast which appears on the skin of everybody naturally. The indication is that in those suffering from the condition, the body’s immune system is far more sensitive to the yeast. This causes the immune system to attack the area, causing inflammation.

Many people will find that the symptoms of their condition tend to get worse when they are tired or stressed out. There is no indication that diet or cleanliness of the skin causes the symptoms to be triggered.


Perhaps the best way to prevent the symptoms from flaring up is by using moisturizer on your skin. This will help to seal in the moisture and stop your skin from drying out. Other people will notice that there is a benefit to their skin when they work on their stress levels. Bring your stress down, and you are less-likely to suffer from a flare-up.

During the winter months, or if you live in a dry environment, then you may find a humidifier in your home works wonders.

You will need to talk to your doctor about the various prevention techniques for Seborrhoeic eczema as it will be dependent on where the condition seems to be occurring.

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