This is a very common skin condition. It often occurs on the scalp, ears, eyebrows, and around the nose and eyelids. It can also occur on the upper chest, armpits and genital area.
The signs and symptoms vary, ranging from scaly or flaky red patches on the skin in the above mentioned areas, greasy or yellowish scales that can be peeled off the skin, itching or a burning sensation.
Infants can also get seborrheic dermatitis. It is also known as cradle cap. In infants, the condition tends to completely clear without treatment by 6 months to 1 year of age. In adolescents and adults, it usually does not go away and is a chronic skin condition. Flare-ups are more common when the weather is cold and dry. Stress can also be a trigger. Treatment can help control the flares and bring relief from the symptoms.
Treatment may include dandruff shampoos, topical creams, or lotions applied to the skin for short periods of time when the condition is flared.