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Seborrheic Dermatitis Treatments

Treatment

Treatments for seborrheic dermatitis are usually applied directly to the skin in the form of shampoo or lotion. Treatment depends on the severity of your condition and your symptoms. Treatment can take several weeks or months and may need to be repeated if the condition recurs.

A wide variety of treatments are used for seborrheic dermatitis. These include:

  • Prescription or over-the-counter shampoos containing one or more of the following ingredients:
    • Pyrithione zinc
    • Hydrocortisone or other cortisone (steroid) preparations
    • Selenium sulfide
    • Salicylic acid, sulfur
    • Coal tar
    • Ketoconazole or other antifungal medications
  • Prescription or over-the-counter creams or lotions containing:
    • Hydrocortisone or other cortisone (steroid) preparations
    • Ketoconazole or other antifungal medications
    • Pimecrolimus

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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