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What are the Different Seborrheic Dermatitis Remedies?

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Seborrheic dermatitis is a common condition that can cause itchy, flaky, and inflamed skin on the scalp, face, and ears. This condition will often be treated by the use of immunomodulators — a substance that helps to normalize the immune system — as well as with topical anti-fungal and corticosteroid creams. Seborrheic dermatitis remedies may also include over-the-counter medications, natural curatives, and hygiene products that contain zinc, salicylic acid, and selenium.

One of the best-known seborrheic dermatitis remedies consists of specially formulated shampoos. Scalp dermatitis may cause an increase of dandruff and secondary infections due to scrapes on the scalp. Medicated shampoos often contain many anti-fungal ingredients like sulfur and zinc, which help to fight off the condition and decrease the chance of infection. Other shampoo solutions may include menthol, which is thought to be soothing to the skin and scalp, and tar, which is thought to reduce the rapid shedding and production of skin cells.

Prescription seborrheic dermatitis remedies are quite common, and may also include medicated shampoos, as well as creams, washes, and foams. Like over-the-counter treatments, prescription remedies contain many anti-fungal solutions, but may also include corticosteroids to help alleviate inflammation. Although many of the ingredients may be the same, prescription remedies contain a higher dosage of each, and may be better suited for those with more extreme cases of this inflammatory skin disorder.

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Natural seborrheic dermatitis remedies are also thought to be a viable option. For instance, both apple cider vinegar and olive oil are said to aid in loosening and removing scaly patches of skin, while a combination of plain yogurt, honey, and lemon juice might help fend off invading fungus. Herbs and supplements are thought to be helpful in treating this condition as well. These may include biotin and vitamin E, thyme, and red clover, and may all be taken either internally or applied externally.

In addition to over-the-counter, prescription and natural seborrheic dermatitis remedies, many recommend making small changes in daily life. For instance, wearing clothing that is smooth in texture might help to avoid irritation, while shaving off any unnecessary hair is thought to help reduce symptoms of the condition. Another lifestyle change may include slight alterations to diet. Sage, oregano, and ginger, when added to food after cooking, are thought to contain anti-fungal properties, while allergenic foods like soy, shellfish, and wheat may cause of an outbreak of symptoms.

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