Etiology and management of Seborrheic dermatitis

Dermatology. 2004;208(2):89-93. doi: 10.1159/000076478.


Seborrheic dermatitis (SD) is a common dermatological disorder that varies greatly in severity between individuals and with time. The etiology of this disease is poorly understood. Early investigators focused on the role of Malassezia (previously Pityrosporum) yeasts in the development of SD. Some researchers have hypothesized that there is an immunological component to SD and that this disease is caused by an altered immune response to Malassezia yeasts. However, other researchers view this condition as the result of hyperproliferation. Both antifungal and anti-inflammatory preparations have been used to treat SD effectively and safely. The wide range of antifungal formulations available (creams, shampoos, oral drugs) provides safe, effective and flexible treatment options for SD.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / drug therapy*
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / epidemiology
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / etiology*
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Antifungal Agents
  • Dermatologic Agents