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Seborrhea
Seborrhea consists of a fine scaly rash with oily skin, in well-defined areas of the face (mid-forehead, sides of the nose, eyebrows and lids), scalp, chest and back. Redness and weeping of the skin are occasionally seen. The cause is unknown. As opposed to simple dandruff, which is the normal flaking of the skin of the scalp, seborrhea results in copious scaling of larger amounts of skin, and is often the underlying cause of so- called severe dandruff.

Dandruff
Dandruff is not truly a disease. The scalp area contains a very high number of sebaceous glands; their function is to produce sebum which protects, lubricates, and moisturizes the skin and hair follicles. In such metabolically active skin regions, there is rapid turnover of the surface cells of the skin.

On the spectrum of normal skin turnover and subsequent scaling of the shed scales and cells, there is wide variability. Once this becomes cosmetically significant (obviously a subjective matter), the term dandruff is used.

Almost every adult has some scaling. Treatment is generally a question of choice. If, however, there is redness, weeping, severe itching, or crust formation, seborrhea is likely.



Actions indicated for the processes behind this disease:
Alteratives
Anti-microbials
Lymphatic Tonics
Diaphoretics
Nervines
Diuretics
Hepatics
Vulnerary
Anti-Pruritic
Anti-Inflammatory
Astringent

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