Seborrheic dermatitis, what is it?
There are many types of dermatitis, which occur in any area of the body, some of them occurring on the scalp. One of them is seborrheic dermatitis, caused by inflammation and flaking of the skin, causing the appearance of persistent dandruff, scaly spots or a reddening of the skin.
Therefore, seborrheic dermatitis is a frequent skin disorder that mainly affects the scalp due to certain circumstances such as a drop in defenses or the use of some special product that is incompatible with the pH of a person’s skin.
When this type of dermatitis lasts for a long period of time – more than six months – it can lead to chronic dermatitis, leading to the appearance of alopecia in some cases. This alopecia, of a transitory nature, could occur in some areas that suffer from seborrheic dermatitis for a long time, from 1 to 3 years, so that it actually causes alopecia. Therefore, it is ruled out that due to seborrheic dermatitis a person suffers from alopecia.
What is the relationship between seborrheic dermatitis and alopecia?
The only relationship between so-called seborrheic dermatitis and alopecia is that dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the cause of suffocation, death and miniaturization of the hair follicle from puberty and throughout the life of the being human.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes a hyperstimulation of the sebaceous gland. When an antiandrogen, such as finasteride or dutasteride, is applied, defending the hair from dihydrotestosterone, indirectly what is achieved is to diminish the sebum on the skin of the scalp.
Sometimes the diagnosis between a patient suffering from seborrheic dermatitis or a patient suffering from alopecia leads to error. The effects of seborrheic dermitisis, such as inflammation or scaling, are different from sebum secretion, which is typical of a person suffering from alopecia. Here the correct diagnosis by the hair specialist, such as Dr. Panno, will be essential so that the patient receives an adequate hair regeneration plan.
Special hair treatments
At Dr. Panno’s Hair Transplant Clinic, the first Clinic in Spain dedicated to hair transplantation, we offer special treatments for hair recovery. These include pharmacological treatments to prevent alopecia, such as finasteride and dutasteride.
Finasteride is a daily hair treatment. It comes in tablets and can only be provided by a registered doctor. It is prescribed for hair restoration in men and works by preventing testosterone from converting to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), thus preventing hair follicles from reducing their size and eventually disappearing.
The drug Dutasteride is one of the great innovations in the treatment of androgenic alopecia. Its use consists of a dose of 0.5 mg a day in men and between 0.15-0.5 mg a day in women.
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