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Are there alternative treatments for seborrheic dermatitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Seborrheic dermatitis can be treated at home by simple over-the-counter remedies without need for prescription medication. A recent study showed tea tree oil to be an effective treatment of symptoms of scalp dermatitis among adults with the condition. For infants with cradle cap, daily treatments with a mild shampoo and gentle massages with a soft toothbrush on the scalp can usually take care of the problem. For particularly hard scales on your baby's scalp, applications of mineral oil and warm, damp cloths for an hour before shampooing can make treatment easier.

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