What do I need to know about caring for someone with seborrheic dermatitis?

Infants afflicted with seborrheic dermatitis in the form of cradle cap will need lots of special attention and care from you. In addition to daily treatments, as with a corticosteroid gel or hydrocortisone cream (which may require several weeks), pay attention to their mood. If they seem more crabby or irritated than usual, they may be losing sleep from constant itching. For either infants or adults in your care, try to limit the amount they scratch their itchy skin, as too much scratching can open up cuts that can quickly become infected. Adults with seborrheic dermatitis often suffer from psychological distress related to how the condition affects the appearance, so be aware that their self-esteem might be suffering while they deal with an outbreak and act accordingly.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you are taking care of someone who has seborrheic dermatitis, work with his or her doctor to find the best treatment approach. You may need to wash the person's hair with an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo or a prescription shampoo. Or the doctor may have you apply a topical steroid lotion for scaly, itchy areas around the eyebrows, nose, ears or groin area. Make sure that the person you are caring for washes her hair and body frequently, as oily skin or an oily scalp are more prone to an outbreak of seborrheic dermatitis. If the scaly skin areas look red or inflamed or are filled with fluid or pus, seek prompt medical attention.

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