Scalp Eczema Treatment
Scalp eczema (formal names: seborrheic dermatitis, seborrhea) is an inflammatory skin disorder that mostly affects areas of the skin rich with the sebaceous glands: the face, scalp, ears and armpits, but the other parts of torso as well. This condition often occurs at infants less than three months old, but usually the men after puberty till the age of forty. This skin disorder is diagnosed at about 3% of human population, men slightly more than women. More than 50% of women suffering are in menopause.
Characteristics are red dotted stains on skin with yellowish skin peels which eventually turn into flakes (dandruff), itchy scalp, greasy skin and sometimes a hair loss. It can affect all body areas covered with hair.
When the signs become more severe red pimples break through, usually in the area around the nose, hairline, ears, back, shoulders and chest.
Almost all patients experience periodic changes from very mild to severe symptoms which may last from days to several years. Younger children tend to develop immune system much faster than the adults, even without any treatment involved.
Seborrheic dermatitis is not considered as dangerous and most of the patients experience just mild form of it, but consultation with doctor and treatment are needed in order to prevent spreading or permanent damage to hair shafts which lead to hair loss.
There is no single cause of this problem, or at least it is still unknown, but there are several things that play some role in its manifestation.
Fungus Malassezia is thought to be the main cause. Even though it is normally found on animal or human skin it is the cause of most human skin diseases. Malassezia is most common on areas covered with hair – scalp and upper body in general. When this yeast grows too fast, skin cells are unable to renew themselves and dandruff with rash appears.
Hormonal imbalance, genetics, general health as well as environmental influence and psychological stress are proven to have impact on it too.
People with weak immune system, HIV infected and nervous system problems are inclined to it.
Seborrhea as well as all the other eczema creates discomfort in one’s daily activities and it can cause irreversible damage to our body. Therefore depending on the state of problem and severeness doctor consultation must be done.
As mentioned above, it is almost impossible to determine root cause of it, especially because there are more factors that induce it and that is why it should be approached with combination of remedies.
According to dermatologists the best scalp eczema treatment is the topical treatment with medical shampoo that is antifungal, anti-inflammatory and sebo-suppressive. Maintaining the skin and hair hygiene is crucial in this case.
There are some natural home remedies that can reduce or relieve the condition.
For more severe cases there are stronger medications that of course must be used with doctor consultations and prescription.
When the symptoms disappear intake of heavier medications must be stopped immediately.