What is Seborrheic dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. It is the red, itchy rash that appears on the scalp with flaky scales. This is a very common skin disease and is very similar to eczema, psoriasis, or any other allergic reaction. It could also affect the scalp as well as other parts of the body such as your face, nose, forehead, chest, head and shoulders. Seborrheic dermatitis can either be mild or severe.
Although the exact causes of this condition are not known, it is believed to be caused by a combination of factors including, stress, genetic make-up, other medical conditions, cold or dry weather, and yeast living on the skin. Seborrheic dermatitis itself is not too severe as there are lots of treatment options available. However, it can raise your risk of Acne, heart attack or recovery from stroke, Parkinson’s disease, eating disorders, epilepsy, depression and alcoholism.
The most obvious sign of Seborrheic dermatitis is dandruff (it is referred to dandruff in some quarters), although dandruff from seborrheic dermatitis is quite distinct from other forms of dandruff. The dandruff is usually yellowish, scaly and the grains are larger than those that you get from a dry scalp.
However, there are some other symptoms you should be looking out for: itching, skin irritation, peeling of the skin, rash, soreness of the affected skin, and heightened skin sensitivity. You could also get blisters as a result of it. The best thing to do if you see any of the symptoms is to visit a dermatologist to be sure of your condition and to avoid self-medication.
About the treatment
There are no drugs to effectively stabilize the condition of your sebaceous glands (which is what causes it in the first place), but a usual way of treating it is taking necessary medication to normalize the nervous system and digestive tract. Another way of treating Seborrheic dermatitis is using cream with salicylic acid. Some other treatments include the use of anti-fungal products, corticosteroid lotions, sulphur products, medicated shampoos. Read more about tips for dealing with Seborrheic dermatitis on face and scalp.
The benefits of eating healthy diets cannot be overemphasized. This is made all the more important for those suffering from Seborrheic dermatitis. However, there are certain foods you should look to avoid eating- no matter how healthy or nutritional- if you want to deal with Seborrheic dermatitis and thus reduce the risk of other diseases.
Below are ten foods that people suffering from Seborrheic dermatitis should avoid.
Research has revealed that there are some types of milk that are not ideal for people who have seborrheic dermatitis. The high-fat content in
milk can cause the growth of dandruff and make it more fertile. If you must consume milk, choose milk that is low in fat or the one that has no fat at all.
Fried food is usually preferred because of it is delicious. However, eating too much of fried food is not good for people fighting dandruff. Eating too much of oily food can increase the production of oil in the scalp, hence increasing the growth of dandruff causing fungi.
HIGH SUGARED FOODS
Foods that have high sugar contents can also cause dandruff. Sweeteners and other carbohydrate foods like rice should be avoided as much as possible. It is advisable to change your diet to more intakes of vegetables and fruits. Fruits and vegetables will supply the hair with the essential nutrients needed, and prevent hair damage and dandruff.
Like fried foods, spicy foods have the same effect of increasing the secretion of oil in the scalp. What spicy foods can also do is, increasing your body temperature and trigger excessive sweating in the head area that may become fertile ground for dandruff to grow – the moist environment is the breeding ground for fungi causing dandruff.
Grapes are very acidic and should be avoided by people with seborrheic dermatitis. Just as grapes increase the itching in people with eczema, it also intensifies the itching in people with seborrheic dermatitis. Apart from the high acid content in grapes, it also contains salicylates, amines and monosodium glutamate (MSG), which makes it a triple threat for people with seborrheic dermatitis. You should also avoid wines, sultanas, raisins and other juices containing grape.
Avocado is very healthy if you have no concerns with seborrheic dermatitis. It has very high amines content, and it is very rich in salicylates which will increase the itching from seborrheic dermatitis. You would be doing yourself so much good by avoiding avocado until you have completely treated your seborrheic dermatitis. At least reducing your consumption of avocado will minimize the constant itching.
Tomato is also very high in salicylates which increase the itching – amines and natural MSG. Although raw tomato is good because of its alkaline content and lycopene that protects the skin, cooked tomato should be avoided as it is very acidic. Other products containing tomatoes like ketchup and spaghetti bolognaise should also be avoided.
Other allergic foods that can cause seborrheic dermatitis include:
FISH such as bass, cod or flounder, SHRIMP AND LOBSTER, PEANUTS AND TREE NUTS
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