The following over-the-counter treatments and self-care tips can help you control and manage seborrheic dermatitis.
- Wash your hair with a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo according to the recommended schedule. If you don't see results, try a shampoo with a different active ingredient.
- Use an over-the-counter antifungal cream. Application of nonprescription-strength ketoconazole may be helpful.
- Apply an anti-itch cream or lotion to the affected area. A short course of a nonprescription hydrocortisone cream containing at least 1 percent hydrocortisone can temporarily relieve itching.
- Avoid harsh soaps and detergents. Be sure to rinse soap completely off your body and scalp.
- Wear smooth-textured cotton clothing. This will help keep air circulating around your skin and avoid irritation.
- Shave off your beard or mustache. Seborrheic dermatitis can be worse under mustaches and beards. If this is the case for you, shaving might ease your symptoms.
- Avoid scratching whenever possible. Scratching can increase irritation, making you more uncomfortable and increasing your risk of infection.
Cradle cap usually clears up on its own within a few months. In the meantime, wash your baby's hair once a day with mild baby shampoo. Loosen the scales with a small, soft-bristled brush before rinsing off the shampoo.
If the scales don't loosen easily, rub a few drops of mineral oil or olive oil onto your baby's scalp. Let the oil soak into the scales for a few minutes, and then brush and shampoo your baby's hair as usual.
If cradle cap persists or seems severe, your doctor may suggest a medicated shampoo, lotion or other treatment.
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