Seborrheic  dermatitis is a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp. It causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect oily areas of the body, such as the face, upper chest and back.
Seborrheic dermatitis doesn't affect your overall health, but it can be uncomfortable and cause embarrassment. It isn't contagious, and it's not a sign of poor personal hygiene.
Seborrheic dermatitis is usually a long-term condition. You may need many repeated treatments before the symptoms go away. And they may return later. You may be able to manage flare-ups by recognizing seborrheic dermatitis symptoms and using a combination of self-care steps and medications.
Causes-Doctors don't yet know the exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis. But it may be related to:
·         A yeast (fungus) called malassezia that is in the oil secretion on the skin
·         An inflammatory response related to psoriasis
·         The season, with episodes tending to be worse in early spring and winter

Symptoms--Seborrheic dermatitis symptoms include:
·         Skin flakes (dandruff) on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache
·         Patches of greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales or crust on the scalp, ears, face, chest, armpits, scrotum or other parts of the body
·         Red skin
·         Redness or crusting of the eyelids (blepharitis)
·         Possibly itching or stinging

Risk factors-A number of factors increase your risk of developing seborrheic dermatitis, including:
·         Neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as Parkinson's disease and depression
·        A weakened immune system, such as seen in organ transplant recipients and people with HIV/AIDS, alcoholic pancreatitis and some cancers
·         Congestive heart failure
·         Endocrine disease that leads to obesity, such as diabetes
·         Some medications
·         Scratching or otherwise damaging the skin on your face

ARSENIC ALBUM 30-Arsenic album is an effective remedy for seborrheic dermatitis in weak persons.It is also suited patients with fair skin.  The scalp is covered with white scales which itch intolerably.Circular patches on bare spots are seen. Along with this great anxiety and restlessness is present.
KALI SULHURICUM 30- Kali sulphuricum is one of the top remedies for seborrheic dermatitis with yellow scales.  There is  prominent yellow flakes on the scalp. The scales are sticky in nature, with a moist scalp. Also it  is attended with itching. Heat worsens the itching .

THUJA OCCIDENTALIS 200-Thuja occ. is another effective medicine for seborrheic dermatitis with white flakes on the scalp.   The other prescribing points are dry hair, which may be split at ends and falling of hair. The hair may be dry in such cases.

CALCAREA SULPH 30-Calcarea sulph. is prescribed for  seborrheic dermatitis when eruptions with yellow pus occurs. Falling of hair also occurs.

GRAPHITES 30-Graphites  is an effective  Homeopathic medicine for seborrheic dermatitis where the scales on the scalp are accompanied by intense itching. The scales reduce after washing, but reappear. A fetid odour on the scalp may also be observed. The scalp may also remain moist and humid. Matting together of the hair or falling of hair are also seen. Apart from the scalp, the scales may also be present on the eyelid margins and behind the ears.
NATRUM MURIATICUM 30- Natrum Muriaticum is prescribed for seborrheic dermatitis with a greasy, oily scalp with redness and flakiness. The scalp is covered with white scurfs. Burning sensation on the scalp may also be present. The face is oily, with redness. Acne on the face may also be present along with the above symptoms.

PHOSPHORUS 30--Phosphorus  is prescribed when  flakiness on the scalp is attended with excessive hairfall is occurs.  The hair fall in bunches. In some cases, the hair may fall off in spots. This may be accompanied by a severe burning sensation on the scalp. In a few cases, clammy sweat on the scalp may also be present.

SANICULA AQUA 200- Sanicula is another effective remedy for seborrheic dermatitis. Scales are covering the scalp. Scales are also seen on the eyebrows, eye lashes etc. Profuse sweat is present on the head.

MEZEREUM 30-Mezereum is one of the best remedies for seborrheic dermatitis. Scalp covered with scaly eruption with white scabs. Head covered with thick, leathery, crusts, under which pus collects. 

PSORINUM 200-Psorinum is suited to humid seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp which smells badly. Intolerable itching is present.

SULPHUR 200- Sulphur is prescribed when well selected remedies fail. Intolerable itching and scratching of scalp. Scratching causes severe burning.

For more details refer my book—Diseases of skin with Homoeopathic management.

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