Seborrheic dermatitis

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    Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory chronic dermatosis that can be localized on areas rich with sebaceous glands. This dermatosis is more common in infected patients with HIV.

    Clinical features

    • Erythematous plaques covered by greasy yellow scales that can be localized on the scalp, the face (nose wings, eyebrows, edge of the eyelids), sternum, spine, perineum, and skin folds.


    • Clean with soap and water 2 times daily; shampooing the scalp.
    • Hydrocortisone 1% cream: one application once daily or 2 times daily to the affected area only, in thin layer, for 7 days maximum
    • Do not apply if pre-existing bacterial infection; treat first the infection (see Impetigo).