Seborrheic dermatitis

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   Posted 5/30/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
hi all,
Basically, il try and keep it swift. Recently ive been battling with an itchy, red, scaly rash on my forehead above my eyebrows that regularly spreads to my upper back, eyelids and behind my ears. Initially my doctor said i had a contact allergy, but no matter what what products i do/dont use the symptoms seem to re-occur every couple of days. He basically prescribed hydrocortisone, which i use to relieve flare-ups and does the trick almost instantly. If i stop using it however, it all comes back.
After extensive research and a admission from my doctor that it may not be an allergy afterall- I suspect it could be seborrheic dermatitis. Ive no right to self-diagnose, and my equally confused doctor has referred me to a dermatologist in an attempt to get a concrete diagnosis.
I just wondered if this sounds familiar to anyone??? Plus can anyone recommend some good self-care measures for a dermatitis like this one?
I live in the U.K, so any over-the counter shampoos/cream recommendations would be great to see me through the 4 weeks i have to wait to see the specialist.
Thanks for your help,

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   Posted 5/31/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmm to me it sort of sounds like it's eczema or psoarasis. I have psoarasis along my hairline that spreads down my forehead and sometimes to the backs of my ears. I use an otc cream for psoarasis and it seems to do the trick. If in the event it is eczema or psoarasis, you can gently clean the area with baby shampoo and yes this can be used on your eyes as well. You can also try using a hydrocortisone cream until you see your specialist. I don't know what the equivalents are in the UK though. But the most important thing I can say is don't pick at it! Because if you pick at it and if it ecz. or psoar. then that can spread it.
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   Posted 5/31/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I would see the dermatologist just to see what he/she says.

If you do have seb. dermatitis, it is often caused by a fungal infection and should not be treated with steroids (because the steroids only suppress the symptoms, they do not treat the cause). Tea tree oil, rosemary oil, etc. may be helpful. You might want to find a shampoo and/or body-wash that has tea tree and rosemary oils in it and see if that helps any (rotate between the tea tree/rosemary shampoo and regular shampoo to increase effectiveness of the tea tree & rosemary oils). Also, food allergies can manifest as a rash that would respond to steroid cream, so you might also want to get tested for food allergies just to make sure.

Also, the item causing the rash may not be obvious. I had a strange intermittant rash on my face for a couple of years - it would break out when I went out in the sun, then go away if I stayed indoors for a couple of weeks. I thought it was due to an autoimmune disease, but it turns out that the hand dishwashing soap I was using to clean my eyeglasses, wash my hands, etc., was leaving a residue on my skin that was interacting with sunlight and causing the rash. I have not had the rash since I changed to a different brand of hand dishwashing soap.

I hope this helps - take care,
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   Posted 6/2/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
red_34 and razzle- thanks alot for both of your replies- great advice. I reckon il pick up some shampoos like the ones you mentioned and see what happens- its cant do any harm to try.
I completely agree with you razzle, hydrocortisone only deals with the symptoms- plus its a neusence to have to carry around with you incase of a 'flare-up'. Also, what you said about an obscure allergy- well as a longshot yesterday I started using moose instead of hairgel, and so far so good- no itching or rash. If its that afterall, then il owe you! Fingers crossed.
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