Seborrheic Dermatitis Symptoms Difference – Scalp vs Face!

Seborrheic Dermatitis Symptoms

Seborrheic dermatitis symptoms can range from anything from the well known symptoms of irritation and flaky skin, to the lesser known but just as intrusive symptoms like hair loss and lesions. Some of these are present in both, cases of seborrheic dermatitis on face areas and dandruff (dermatitis on the scalp) but some are exclusive to only one area or the other.

While alike in causes and most symptoms, both types of dermatitis, scalp and body, are equally annoying, causing discomfort in the form of itching, irritation, inflammation, flaking and so on. Sebhorreic dermatitis symptoms can go from bad to worse when itching leads to scratching followed by infection, or hair loss that is temporary during outbreaks becomes permanent.

Flaking is a symptom most often associated with the scalp but flaking can occur anywhere on the body. Flaking can be apparent on the face, behind the ears and in folds of skin on the body. Flaking is one of the most uncomfortable seborrheic dermatitis symptoms as it usually is associated with extreme itchiness. Washing both the skin and the scalp to loosen up these tiny nightmares will reduce the amount of itching and flaking on the face, scalp and body. Predominately on the skin, and in more severe cases, but usually absent on the scalp, is the appearance of red, scaly pimples. These lesions don’t usually head towards the hairy part of our head, but a scalp rash, which differs slightly from lesions, is possible.

Since seborrheic dermatitis symptoms predominately strike parts of the body with more hair follicles to become inflamed, symptoms on the face and scalp can be very similar. A dry itchy scalp feels pretty much the same way as an itchy back, although the underlying cause might be slightly different or treated in a different manner.

Seborrheic dermatitis causes are plentiful, but sifting through the potential causes with your health care provider, which range from hormone imbalances, to stress, to genetics, to medications and health conditions and everything in between, and reducing any catalysts that you have control over, it going to substantially reduce the occurrence and severity of symptoms on both the scalp and body, when combined with medications and recommended treatments.