Dry, itchy, flaky scalp is not a sign of poor hygiene. It is an indication of a skin condition known as seborrheic dermatitis or as it is commonly called, dandruff.
Even though seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff does not impact your overall health, it can be extremely embarrassing or cause you slight discomfort. Dr. Vivian Bucay and her staff can help by properly diagnosis seborrheic dermatitis and offering recommendations for treatment of this skin condition.
What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that causes small patches of itchy, scaly skin to appear. These scaly, itchy patches usually happen on the scalp, but can also happen on other parts of the body that are oily, such as the back and chest.
Seborrheic dermatitis can also cause stubborn dandruff that does not go away with traditional treatment. Dandruff occurs when the scalp dries out. This dry condition results in the appearance of white flakes that easily fall from the head.
How is Seborrheic Dermatitis Diagnosed?
Even though seborrheic dermatitis can be diagnosed with a visual inspection of the scalp, a biopsy may be required to rule out other chronic, skin conditions. Seborrheic dermatitis can sometimes look similar to psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. In order for Dr. Bucay to help you successfully treat your seborrheic dermatitis, these other skin conditions must be ruled out.
How is Seborrheic Dermatitis Treated?
Due to the chronic nature of this skin condition, you will likely need to continuously treat your seborrheic dermatitis. Dr. Bucay can discuss long-term treatment options with you to help you successfully control your skin condition.
Long-term treatment options usually include over-the-counter remedies such as medicated shampoos, lotions, or creams. Over-the-counter remedies are often recommended before trying prescription strength options.
If traditional over-the-counter treatment options are not working, Dr. Vivian Bucay can help you find a stronger medication that can help. Dr. Bucay may recommend taking bacteria fighting creams/gels, prescription strength shampoos or ointments, or antifungal medications.
Dr. Vivian Bucay and her staff will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that will help you successfully manage your seborrheic dermatitis.