28th July 2014
Eczema on the scalp, or seborrhoea, affects both adults and children and can be extremely unpleasant for the individual. It’s most common in children under two months old and is given the term cradle cap. The signs include red rashes on the scalp and the build-up of a yellow crust. There are different ways you can treat seborrhoea and we have a few suggestions that may help you get yours or your child’s under control.
- Try an anti-dandruff shampoo. Many people have a mild case of eczema on the scalp and this can sometimes be treated with a typical medicated shampoo that is designed to tackle problems with dandruff and an itchy scalp. Use it as you would a normal shampoo and it will work by reducing the amount of yeast that is living on the scalp and causing the problem. However, be sure not to massage the scalp too much, use gentle circular motions so as not to aggravate the eczema and make the problem worse.
- Speak to your doctor if the medicated shampoo isn’t proving to be beneficial after a two week trial. Your GP will be able to suggest a mild steroid cream or an ointment that will be available to you on prescription. Follow the instructions on the information leaflet included.
- Your GP might also prescribe a clava for eczema on the delicate areas around the face and head. The clava can help to keep ointments in place and stop children from scratching their itchy scalp, which will be even more effective if used with the Skinnies gloves (also available on prescription).
- If you are not keen on steroid treatments or you’re unable to use them on your skin you may find antifungal creams more to your liking. If this option fails it’s worth heading back to your GP and asking about anti-yeast medicine that is taken orally. The anti-yeast medicine is prescribed in severe cases when the rash refuses to clear.
- Seborrhoea in children will often clear up on its own in a few months' but you can use emollient bath oils. Mineral oils gently massaged on the scalp and left for about an hour will help to loosen the scales too.