Seborrhea on the scalp is a chronic and relapsing form of dermatitis, with variable severity, that frequently occurs in children and adults. It is estimated that seborrhea may affect about 3% of the population, being more prevalent among men than women, and worse during periods of stress and cold weather.
Dandruff is the most common and mildest form of seborrhea on the scalp, and usually presents with white diffuse scaling. More severe cases may present with redness, inflammation, crusting, and itching.
Diagnosis of seborrhea on the scalp is commonly done clinically at the office, but some cases may require biopsy to confirm it, since seborrhea may also mimic a variety of other conditions.
Treatment of seborrhea on the scalp typically consists of topical antifungal and anti-inflammatory agents. After initial successful treatment, these medications should be used intermittently to avoid relapse.
If dandruff, inflammation, or itching sensation on the scalp are a concern for you, please contact Florida Skin Center to be assessed and treated by one of our Dermatology providers. A better scalp is just a phone call away!