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What is Seborrheic Dermatitis

What exactly is seborrheic dermatitis? Is it a fungal condition of a skin? Maybe it’s an autoimmune issue? Or perhaps the real cause of the skin condition lies somewhere else?

These questions may seem quite simple, but this is far from the truth.

Seborrheic dermatitis is what is referred to as an atopic skin condition. And though these conditions can be easy to diagnose, the underlying mechanism is often complex and a straightforward explanation remains illusive.

The medical term “seborrheic dermatitis” appears to have made it’s first appearance some time in 1890. Now, over one hundred years later, scientists and researchers across the globe are still unable to provide a conclusive explanation to how it operates.

The most prominent theories typically include at least one of the following components:

  • Hormones
  • Fungal infection by malassezia
  • Exaggerated response to malassezia
  • Abnormally high rate of cell division
  • Underlying immune system issues

And even though a significant number of single components of seborrheic dermatitis are well understood; there is no clear overall understanding of the condition.

This chapter aims to provide an in-depth look of what is currently understood.

Chapter Outline

The writing is broken down into the following chapter sections:

  1. Basics of seborrheic dermatitis
    How do you know if you have seborrheic dermatitis and why certain areas.
  2. Summary of the Medical Literature
    What causes seborrheic dermatitis and who funds the research.
  3. Getting Diagnosed
    What to expect from doctors and from alternative medicine.
  4. Related Conditions
    What about rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis.
  5. Common Myths and Controversies
    Gluten is the cause or maybe candida is ruining your life.

Some sections are more complete then others, but work is being done on an on-going basis.

It is recommended you read this chapter in order (this whole book for that matter). Jumping around may place some information out of context. But in the end, it’s your choice.

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About Michael Anders

After being affected by seborrheic dermatitis, I have made it my goal to gather and organize all the information that has helped me in my journey.

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