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Integrative Management of Seborrheic Dermatitis 

Integrative Management of Seborrheic Dermatitis
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Integrative Management of Seborrheic Dermatitis
Author(s):

Rebecca Jacobson

, Kachiu Lee

, and Peter Lio

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199907922.003.0024
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date: 05 June 2020

Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory papulosquamous condition, predominately found in the sebaceous regions of the body. It is common and presents with red, well-demarcated plaques with greasy scales that can affect the medial eyebrow, glabella, nasolabial folds, and scalp. Common dandruff represents a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, with flaking or yellow scaling and erythema that occurs on the scalp.While Malassezia (Pityrosporum) yeasts are thought to be important players in the pathophysiology of seborrheic dermatitis, other associated factors include genetics, stress, diet, and other microbes. Traditional treatments for dandruff include topical antifungals as well as topical corticosteroids and tar preparations. Many potential complementary and alternative treatments for seborrheic dermatitis ranging from oils, plant and animal products, vitamins, homeopathy, and combinations of natural compounds have been used and continue to undergo research and efficacy studies.

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