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Seborrhoeic dermatitis (seborrhoeic eczema)

What is Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (seborrhoeic eczema)?

Seborrhoeic dermatitis (also known as seborrhoeic eczema) is a type of rash causing scaling and inflammation of the skin. Commonly affected areas include the face, scalp, groin and armpits. The affected areas of skin appear red, flaky and greasy. When the scalp is affected, it also causes dandruff.

It quite commonly affects babies  (infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis) and is known as cradle cap. In this case it presents as brown or yellowish plaques, mostly on the scalp or forehead.

It is an inflammatory conditions that affects up to 5% of the population. It is not related to diet, cleanliness or dryness of the skin. It is not infectious and cannot be spread from one person to another.