Health A-Z

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Clinical Definition

Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder can affect adults or infants. In adults, it can be mild and asymptomatic or more involved. Dandruff, which presents with white or yellow greasy scales on the scalp that flake off, is a form of seborrheic dermatitis. In children, seborrheic dermatitis is known as cradle cap and includes yellow or brown scales on the scalp and sometimes the eyelids nose and groin. Infants often outgrow the condition.

In Our Own Words

Seborrheic dermatitis is a dermatological condition that can affect infants or adults. In adults, it causes white or yellow greasy scales to form on the scalp. Sometimes red or greasy patches can be found on the ears and face. In infants, seborrheic dermatitis, known as cradle cap, typically causes crusty yellow or brown scales to form on the scalp and sometimes on the eyelids, nose and groin.

The cause is not known, but overgrowth of yeast on the skin may be a trigger. Other conditions, including HIV infection, stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, are associated with seborrhea. Special dandruff shampoos and mild baby shampoo can help.

Symptoms and Side Effects

  • Itching
  • Skin flakes
  • Mild redness
View Terms Beginning with "T"
Follow us on Facebook for useful advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.