Although may occur in any areas of the body, seborrheic dermatitis is common to occur on the scalp. Since this skin disorder causes the occurrence of white or yellowish flakes similar to dandruffs, it is not surprising if seborrheic dermatitis is often mistaken as a severe dandruff problem. For most patients, seborrhea occurring on the scalp does not only cause pain and itching, but also embarrassment, as the flakes are visible enough to gain other people’s attention.
Signs and symptoms of scalp seborrhea
Seborrhea occurring on various body parts are commonly mistaken to the other skin disorders, such as eczema, allergies, psoriasis, and rosacea. Scalp seborrhea is also mistaken and linked to hair and dandruff problems. In order to define what disease you might have on your scalp, some signs and symptoms of scalp seborrhea can be scrutinized before concluding the culprit.
- Inflammation on the scalp, which can be signed by pain, swelling, and red patches. This inflammation does not only happen to the scalp, but some other body areas infested by seborrhea.
- White or yellowish flakes which are similar to dandruffs.
- Itching on the back of the head, very near to the crown.
- The itching may be caused by an inflamed scalp similar to pimples, but will come off and flake when scratched.
- The itching will eventually spread to the entire head and may occur in some other body parts, such as arms and legs.
- Some people experience crawling sensation on the scalp, beneath the hair, which is worse in the night before bed time.
- Heat coming from the scalp, which intensifies eventually.
- Severely dry scalp.
- Severe hair loss—the hair will come off even if you only touching it, instead of pulling.
Treating seborrheic dermatitis on scalp naturally
When someone is suffering from scalp seborrhea, some medications to decrease the dandruff-like flakes and restore the scalp health will be prescribed. These medicines, however, might cause some side effects that make some patients need to stop its application and consumption, such as:
- Corticosteroids—the seborrhea hydrocortisone might trigger heart disease which is going to occur after continuous application and consumption.
- Corticosteroids trigger cholesterol level elevation, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases in some people.
- Some scalp medication products might be effective, yet they smell terrible, so that some patients consider it as a disturbance for activities in public.
Because of this phenomena, a lot of patient suffering from continuous problem of scalp seborrhea decide to try finding more natural solutions for the skin disorder by effectively link the risk factors and natural home remedies. As the result, a number of patients have found more natural ingredients and methods which can be used to combat scalp seborrhea without causing unhealthy or disturbing side effects. These include:
- Taking a warm shower can be helpful in reducing the itching and burning sensation coming with scalp seborrhea. However, warm shower which is done too often will cause the scalp to be even drier than before, because warm water, similar to heat, opens up the scalp pores causing the sebum to leak out.
- Soaking your hair and scalp in a big basin of warm water and the Dead Sea salt will help reducing inflammation, which is common with scalp seborrhea. Besides, salt is a natural anti-bacterial which may eliminate the germs and fungus triggering scalp seborrhea.
- Crushed garlic is also helpful in reducing inflammation. The smell might not very good, yet the effect is good for your seborrhea.
- Crush or juice 7 to 9 cloves of garlic.
- Dilute the juice with a half cup of warm water.
- Pour the juice onto the scalp and leave it overnight. You can wear a shower cap during the night sleep to prevent it from causing dirt to the pillow.
- In the morning, wash the hair thoroughly using medicated shampoo.
- Rinse off with cold water.
- Repeat until the effect of scalp seborrheic dermatitis subside.
- Apple cider vinegar is also beneficial and affordable for your scalp dermatitis.
- Dilute a cap of vinegar into a basin of warm water.
- Pour it onto your hair and leave it for 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with medicated shampoo and dry it.
- Repeat in 3 days until it heals.