What are the signs and symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020
  • Author: Marc Zachary Handler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Intermittent, active phases of seborrheic dermatitis manifest with burning, scaling, and itching, alternating with inactive periods. Activity is increased in winter and early spring, with remissions commonly occurring in summer.

Active phases of seborrheic dermatitis may be complicated by secondary infection in the intertriginous areas.

Candidal overgrowth is common in infantile napkin dermatitis. Such children may have a diaper dermatitis variant of seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis.

Generalized seborrheic erythroderma is rare. It occurs more often in association with AIDS, [21, 22] congestive heart failure, Parkinson disease, and immunosuppression in premature infants.

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