Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD
Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Seborrheic dermatitis facts
- What is seborrheic dermatitis?
- Seborrheic dermatitis vs. psoriasis
- Seborrheic dermatitis vs. dandruff
- What are risk factors for seborrheic dermatitis?
- What causes seborrheic dermatitis?
- Is seborrheic dermatitis contagious?
- What are seborrheic dermatitis symptoms and signs?
- What specialties of health care professionals diagnose and treat seborrheic dermatitis?
- How do health care professionals diagnose seborrheic dermatitis?
- What is the treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?
- Are there home remedies for seborrheic dermatitis?
- What are complications of seborrheic dermatitis?
- What is the prognosis of seborrheic dermatitis?
- Is there a way to prevent seborrheic dermatitis?
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Seborrheic dermatitis facts
- Seborrheic dermatitis is probably the single most common inflammatory skin condition affecting humans aside from acne vulgaris.
- Seborrheic dermatitis is highly treatable but incurable.
- The course of seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by spontaneous remissions and exacerbations.
- Seborrheic dermatitis affects all ages.
What is seborrheic dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic inflammation of skin that typically waxes and wanes. Seborrheic dermatitis causes red scaling, occasionally with weepy, oozy eruption. Seborrheic dermatitis commonly involves portions of the scalp, brows, mid-face, ears, mid-chest, and mid-back. It is not unusual for it to affect the skin of infants and young children where it often involves the scalp (cradle cap) and the diaper area. Seborrheic dermatitis is also known as seborrhea.
Seborrheic dermatitis vs. psoriasis
Since both of these conditions can affect the scalp with an itchy scaling dermatitis, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish one from the other. Aside from scalp involvement, psoriasis typically involves anatomically different areas of skin than seborrheic dermatitis. In addition, seborrheic dermatitis is an eczematous dermatitis producing a weepy, oozing appearance. Psoriasis produces papules and plaques of scaling red skin. A biopsy examination of the skin is often sufficient to precisely identify the cause.
Seborrheic dermatitis vs. dandruff
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