Seborrheic Dermatitis is a common skin condition that mainly affects the scalp. It causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. It can also affect oily areas of the body, such as the face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids and chest.
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The exact cause is unknown but certain factors that may lead to seborrheic dermatitis are: -
• A yeast (fungus) called Malassezia that is in the oil secretion on the skin
• An irregular response of the immune system
• Neurologic and psychiatric conditions, such as Parkinson's disease and depression
• A weakened immune system, such as seen in organ transplant recipients and people with HIV/AIDS, alcoholic pancreatitis and some cancers
• Recovery from stressful medical conditions, such as a heart attack
• Some medications


• Skin flakes (dandruff) on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or moustache
• Patches of greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales or crust on the scalp, face, sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears, eyelids, chest, armpits, groin area or under the breasts
• Red skin
• Itching
• There might be discharge of colourless fluid or even bleeding from the scales on scratching

• Wash your scalp regularly and let it dry on its own
• Do not wet your hairs unnecessarily
• Avoid scratching as it further aggravates the condition
• Avoid skin and hair products that contain alcohol

Seborrheic Dermatitis is a very common skin condition that we see in our AKGsOVIHAMS clinics very frequently. The word seborrheic comes from ‘sebum’ which is the oily substance or secretion of the oil glands of the body. It is the scalp area that is seen to be affected mostly, though eyebrows, shoulders, forehead, back and chest are also the areas which get affected at times. These areas are rich in sebaceous glands and hence sebum production is more here.

I have seen in my clinical practice of over 42 yrs that people who are disposed to drinking very less quantity of water, or have a habit of retaining their urine for long, tend to develop seborrhoea more often than not. Also, it has a genetic prevalence as well as it usually runs in the families. So, it is the body balance that is altered due to such factors that lead to increased sensitivity of that individual of the mentioned areas specifically. Stress also plays a major role in this. Especially people who do not share their feelings and emotions well enough, quiet often suffer from such skin issues.

The bacterial and fungal growth is just a superimposed infection of the already sensitive area of the body leading to seborrheic dermatitis. Any topical treatment like anti-dandruff shampoos or anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ointments thus can only help in relieving the symptoms somewhat. Even antibiotics can not completely eradicate the disease from the system. The treatment needs to be full proof and holistic.

Homoeopathic medicines have this innate ability to correct the deranged balance and homoeostasis of the body. The medicines gradually lower the sensitivity and vulnerability of the diseased person to getting diseased any further and the body maintains that balance in its own magnificent natural way of healing. To achieve complete and permanent cure, it is extremely important to follow the dos and don’ts advised to the patient by his treating Homoeopathic doctor. One must drink at least 4litres of water in a day and avoid scratching. Patients must avoid all kinds of hair styling products especially.

• Clinical skin examination
• Skin Biopsy

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