Can Eczema (Seborrheic Dermatitis) Cause Hair Loss?

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If you choose these such products, look for a product that is labeled for seborrheic dermatitis. They usually contain selenium sulfide, zinc, salicylic acid, ketoconazole, resorcin, or coal tar [4]! And use the product properly – follow the instructions!

There are also lotions and shampoos containing more powerful ingredients such as corticosteroids. But this option is usually only for severe case and must be prescribed by doctor! Another option is with a cream with an immunomodulator, this can help improve the immune system in helping to treat inflammation.

For eczema that affects chest or face, apply the medicated lotion gently at least twice a day to help improve the problem quickly. If it affects the scalp, you can use medicated shampoos – apply them to a small area at a time, then gently massage them into the skin.

Additionally, the problem may improve with getting adequate exposure to the sunlight. In some cases, people with seborrheic dermatitis find that the problem gets better in the summer, particularly after getting some outdoor activities.

However not all kinds of eczema can improve with sunlight, even in some cases the problem can get worse. Visit this section for more detailed information about this issue! It seems that the effect of sunlight on eczema may vary from sufferer to sufferer.


There are several forms of eczema, and it’s not easy for all people to distinguish each type. Therefore, don’t make a diagnosis on your own – see a qualified healthcare provider /dermatologist for a clearly diagnosis!

In general, the appearance of the lesion /rash and the location of where it occurs can be used to help make a diagnosis of what kind of eczema that you have.

And there are also some tests you may need to follow, one of them can be a skin biopsy.

Outlook and prognosis

Like in the most common type of eczema (atopic dermatitis), currently there is still no cure for seborrheic dermatitis. Though each episode of the flare-up can be cured, but there is a chance for the problem to recur (chronic).

So far, the best way to deal with the problem is by eliminating factors that can trigger the flare-up. And fortunately, in many cases, the problem is preventable.

The severity and the flare-up of the problem can be lessened & prevented by paying careful to the skin care and also controlling other risk factors.

For more information about the prognosis of eczema, visit this section!

How about with hair loss due to eczema – will it grow back? Many times, the hair can grow back, however this also can vary, depending on the severity of the problem.

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All of these links accessed on April 2014

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