Any dermatitis is a pain and irritation in varying degree. Like any other skin condition, early Seborrheic dermatitis treatment is better to avoid skin damage. Seborrheic dermatitis causes itchy, flaky and red skin. It mainly affects the scalp. It not only causes great discomfort but also causes embarrassment as it is very difficult to avoid the urge to scratch. It affects teenagers and middle age men and women. When it affects babies it is also referred as cradle cap.
Causes of Seborrheic Dermatitis
Seborrheic dermatitis is directly linked to what you eat and what you don’t eat. Unlike contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis which are caused by allergens, seborrheic dermatitis is considered to be mainly caused by diet.
Junk foods containing too much saturated fats and processed sugars can promote candida overgrowth leading to histamine activity causing flareup of eczema.
The yeast that is responsible for this skin disorder is Malassezia. It affects the oily skin people. People with dry skin generally don’t get affected by this skin condition.
The other causes of seborrheic dermatitis are stress and extremely cold weather. HIV/AIDS patients are very susceptible to acquire this skin disease quickly.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatment Scalp
It is common sense that the Treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis depends on the location of the body that gets affected.
Usual treatment of seborrheic dermatitis in adults and adolescents’ is salicylic acid, selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione containing shampoos for dandruff or scalp condition.
Seborrheic dermatitis Treatment on Face and Body
When natural treatment of Seborrheic Dermatitis doesn’t work doctors may prescribe combination or standalone corticosteroids and antifungal treatments to cure suborn and difficult patches.
These include Desonide/Desowen and or Ketoconazole/Nizoral applied to the skin daily. If the seborrheic dermatitis is spread in the larger area of the body then Terbinafine/Lamisil is prescribed as an option.
The most important first step in naturally treating seborrheic dermatitis is to control you diet. Reduce all saturated fats and the processed sugars intake. Increase consumption of the Fiber rich food. Take more essential fatty acids and vitamin E which help maintaining skin moisture.
Other elements of diet for seborrheic dermatitis include broccoli, spinach, kale and collard and other green vegetables. Orange colored vegetables like carrots and fruits such as mango etc are very useful in building the immune system that directly impacts this skin condition.
Natural Remedies for Seborrheic Dermatitis
Tea Tree oil is one of the excellent seborrheic dermatitis natural treatment. Since direct treatment can cause burning sensation, diluting it with Aloe Vera gel is highly recommended. Add half a teaspoon of tea tree oil in 100 ml of aloe very gel. Mix it well. Use this mixture to apply on the scalp, keep it there for 30 minutes and then wash and rinse.
Foods that help dealing with fungus such as turmeric, oregano, radish, sage, ginger and oil oils should be added to your daily diet. These natural remedies for seborrheic dermatitis work slowly and take long time but they do help curing the skin condition.
Apple cidar vinegar can also be used as seborrheic dermatitis scalp treatment. Add half a cup of Apple Cidar vinegar in a tumbler of water and apply the mixture on the scalp slowly until the tumbler full of the mixture is finished. This process may take 30 minutes. Wash and rinse the scalp.