Causes of Itchy Flaky Skin

Eczema on eyelids- Dermatologist Dr. Attili will helpDo you suffer from problems with eczema on eyelids, dry flaky skin on the face or an itchy scalp? Consult A Dermatologist Online for Diagnosis and Treatment advice. Simply post your question in the question box on the right, for an instant answer.

This page has been designed to address common questions regarding seborrheic dermatitis and its treatment. The FAQ section and other links in the top menu bar, should give you all the information you need, regarding the consultation process.

What are the causes for Eyelid Eczema?

Eczema on the eyelids can be caused by either a contact dermatitis or seborrheic dermatitis. However, rarely Rosacea, Dermatomyositis and Lupus can also look similar. Consult a Dermatologist if you are suffering with itchy, red eyelids.

What are the causes for an itchy scalp?

Itchy scalp can be caused by psoriasis and eczemaItching on the scalp is a common problem. Dandruff, Seborrhoeic dermatitis, eczema, contact dermatitis, dry skin, psoriasis and a number of other disease can cause an itchy scalp.

What is the best treatment for dry scalp?

Dry scalp treatment involves indentifying the underlying condition. A dermatologist should be able to help you with the diagnosis.  However dry scalp itself can be treated with urea based creams or simple hair oils like coconut or olive oil.

What is Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? What is Dandruff?

Dry Flaky skin on the face may be a sign of seborrheic dermatitisSeborrhoeic dermatitis and dandruff are related conditions. Dandruff is the term used to describe a dry (but greasy), flaky, itchy scalp disease, not associated with hair loss. People with balding are usually not affected as the disease primarily affects the hair bearing areas. This is usually caused by a yeast infection called malassezia.  
Seborrhoeic dermatitis is the term used to describe a dandruff like rash affecting areas other than the scalp, commonly including the eyebrows, beard/ moustache area, sides of nose, genitals/ groin and occasionally the upper chest and back. Dry flaky skin on the face is the commonest presentation. This is essentially dandruff affecting the non-scalp areas of the body and is associated with a bit more inflammation in the skin. Excessive alcohol intake and some diseases like HIV/Parkinson’s disease can make Seborrhoeic dermatitis much worse.

What is the treatment of Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? What is best treatment for dandruff? Are there any over the counter treatments for dandruff?

There are various treatment options available for Seborrhoeic dermatitis including Anti-yeast shampoos, steroid creams, anti-yeast creams & tablets. Most of these treatments are available over the counter and work very well to treat both dandruff and Seborrhoeic dermatitis. Our Dermatologists would be able to recommend, which treatments are likely to work best for you.
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