Dandruff and cradle cap are common names for
seborrheic dermatitis. Babies 3 months and younger often get cradle cap: crusty
yellow or brown scales on their scalp. It usually goes away before they're a
year old, although it can come back when they reach puberty.
You might get seborrheic dermatitis on your face,
especially around your nose, in your eyebrows, on your eyelids or behind your
ears. It can show up on your body, too:
- In the
middle part of the chest
- In skin
folds under arms and on legs
- In the
- Below breasts
On babies, seborrheic dermatitis might be mistaken
for diaper rash.
Skin can itch, burn, or look red. The scales that flake off
could be white or yellowish and look moist or oily.
Because it can look like other skin conditions, you should
see your doctor to get a diagnosis and the right treatment. The
dermatologist will ask about your medical history and look at your skin. You
may need other tests if the doctor thinks it's related to another medical condition.