Seborrhoeic Eczema

Seborrhoeic EczemaSeborrhoeic eczema is a chronic relapsing inflammatory scalp condition occurring in seborrhoeic areas (areas with more sebaceous glands). It spite of the name it is not necessarily an oily condition. It presents differing signs, varying between mild pruritic scaling and erythema, to excessive scaling and crusting formed from dried exudation over a red and moist scalp.

The whole of the scalp can be affected, particularly the margins and retro auricular area behind the ears.

Seborrhoeic eczema can be highly pruritic, which leads to excoriation and secondary infection with pustulation.

Seborrhoeic eczema occurs in infancy as cradle cap and is rarely seen throughout childhood. It returns at puberty or later and lasts throughout life. Infantile and adolescent forms are likely to be two distinct conditions.


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