Problems may be mild to severe. Symptoms may also come and go over time.
The skin may have:
Patchy scales that may look greasy or moist
Yellow to white scales that flake off
Itching and burning
Small pimples on the nose, eyebrows, chest, back, arm pits, or genitals
Newborns may have a thick, yellow, crusted scalp rash known as cradle cap.
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the rash. This is often enough to make the diagnosis. You may need to see a doctor who treats skin problems.
There is no cure. The rash may get better on its own in children. Baby shampoo, mineral oil, and anti-fungal shampoos can help.
In others, the goal of treatment is to manage symptoms. Choices are:
Prescription or over the counter shampoos
Prescription or over the counter creams or lotions that contain:
Hydrocortisone or other cortisone (steroid) preparations
There are no known guidelines to prevent this health problem.
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