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Best Medications & Management Strategies for Seborrheic Dermatitis (Dandruff or cradle cap)

Khang T. Vuong, MHA
Khang T. Vuong, MHA15 Nov 2023
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Seborrheic Dermatitis prominently manifests itself on certain areas of the body, primarily places where oil glands (sebaceous glands) are found in abundance. The condition is not restricted to one single area and can appear on multiple body parts simultaneously. Understanding the common areas affected by Seborrheic Dermatitis can aid in early detection and prompt management of this skin condition.

One of the most common areas affected by Seborrheic Dermatitis is the scalp. Many individuals first become aware of the condition due to persistent dandruff or scaling on the scalp. Manifestations of the condition on the scalp range from mild dandruff to thick, crust-like scales.

In addition to the scalp, Seborrheic Dermatitis commonly appears on the face — especially around the nose, eyebrows, and forehead. The condition can also affect the ears, showcasing symptoms in both the ear canal and behind the ears.

The chest, particularly its upper area, is another location where Seborrheic Dermatitis tends to occur. Here, the condition manifests as red rashes or patches, with occasional scaling. Other areas where this dermatitis might appear include the folds of skin around the buttocks, navel, underarms, and under the breasts. 

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Khang T. Vuong, MHA

Khang T. Vuong received his Master of Healthcare Administration from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. He was named Forbes Healthcare 2021 30 under 30. Vuong spoke at Stanford Medicine X, HIMSS conference, and served as a Fellow at the Bon Secours Health System.

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