Does Seborrheic Eczema Cause Hair Loss?

Are you experiencing dry, itchy, scaly, skin that’s festered by red bumps all over? These are all common symptoms of Seborrheic dermatitis (also known as Seborrheic dermatitis and Seborrhea), which can lead to hair loss. It can happen to pretty much anyone regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. In fact, most people who suffer from Seborrheic dermatitis are genetically predisposed to it as it’s not contagious and the actual cause is largely unknown. Depending on where the condition develops on your body, it can cause mild to severe hair loss and discomfort, especially on the scalp. If you happen to live in the Detroit area and are in need of hair loss treatment due to Seborrheic dermatitis, then the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists in Toronto can help.
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What Is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

While Seborrheic dermatitis isn’t a disease per se, it’s still an embarrassing skin condition that can have horrible adverse physical effects on those who suffer from it. It’s usually localized on specific skin surfaces and can affect any part of the body including the scalp, face, hands, arms, legs, and any other areas you can imagine. The scalp is possibly one of the most susceptible parts of the body, ultimately leading to Seborrheic dermatitis scalp hair loss. This is typically characterized by severe itchiness, redness, flakiness, and inflammation. The severity of the inflammation is what leads to hair loss as swollen glands on the scalp prevent the hair follicles from receiving and processing sufficient amounts of oxygen required to function normally and continue to produce new hair strands. Eventually, the existing hair strands fall out as they’re supposed to; the only difference is that they won’t be replaced fast enough—or at all—by their would-be successors.

Seborrheic Hair Loss Causes

The direct cause of Seborrheic dermatitis is a mystery, but the cause of Seborrheic hair loss is fairly simple to understand. Parts of the body that produce hair have sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands produce sebum, which is a waxy substance which naturally moisturizes the hair and skin. An overproduction of sebum can lead to Seborrheic eczema and hair loss. Even though anyone can be susceptible to developing this condition, it primarily effects people enduring drastic hormonal changes and imbalances such as adolescents going through puberty, pregnant women, and people experiencing high stress levels. Newborn babies are also highly susceptible to developing this condition because their immune systems aren’t yet fully developed, but there are medical remedies that can help to alleviate the condition for them.

Stress and anxiety are major culprits when it comes to developing Seborrheic dermatitis. When people feel emotionally spent, overwhelmed, stressed out, or extremely anxious, their bodies have a drastic chemical reaction to these feelings. Cortisol, which is also known as the “stress hormone” is released in large quantities by your body when you endure tremendous amounts of stress either gradually or all at once. It can wreak a great amount of havoc on your overall health and it can even cause your bodily functions to weaken, slow down, or go into hyperactive overdrive. In this case, cortisol can inadvertently cause your sebaceous glands to become hyperactive and produce too much sebum which will inevitably lead to Seborrhea.

Is Seborrheic Hair Loss Permanent?

In some very severe cases in which Seborrheic dermatitis is left untreated for indeterminate periods of time, hair loss can be permanent. But, those are mostly in extreme cases. As the condition progresses over time and the skin continues to produce an overwhelming amount of oil and sebum, the hair follicles can become permanently damaged and cease to produce new hair strands. However, the good news is that the condition doesn’t necessarily have to get to that point and there are plenty of professional Seborrheic hair loss treatment options available for those who need them. If you suspect that you might be suffering from this condition, it’s important that you seek medical assistance and advice immediately and discuss the different treatment options in order to find the one that’s the most suitable for your situation. If detected early, Seborrhic dermatitis hair loss is very treatable and even reversible.

Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis

Hair loss is a common symptom of Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, but there are also other more telling signs that you might have developed the condition. Other indicators of the condition’s presence are extremely dry, oily, flaky, and red skin. Large yellowish or white flakes in the form of dandruff can appear in areas throughout your body including the scalp, your face, arms, legs and any other part of the body. Usually, there are also small or large patches of very greasy skin covered in white or yellow flakes as a result of your body producing too much sebum or yeast.

Risk Factors for Developing Seborrheic Dermatitis

There are a few different risk factors for developing Seborrheic dermatitis. As previously mentioned, newborn babies and people who are enduring hormonal changes or abnormalities are most likely to develop the condition, but there are also other notable risk factors to consider. People who suffer from neurological or psychiatric conditions along with people recovering from major health conditions are also at risk. Additionally, people with weakened immune systems, autoimmune disorders, people who are HIV positive, have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer, or have suffered from alcoholic pancreatitis are also more likely to develop the condition. Lastly, certain medications can also be a contributing risk factor, so it’s imperative that you always discuss all medications and their possible side effects with your doctor before taking them.

Seborrheic Dermatitis Scalp Hair Loss Treatment for Detroit Patients

The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists has been offering life-changing Seborrheic dermatitis hair loss treatment for more than 30 years. Our facilities are a perfect amalgamation of professionalism, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment that can help you regain your confidence and face the world with your head held high again. We welcome patients from all over the world and offer a large variety of both surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatment solutions that are sure to fit your budget, lifestyle, and give you the peace of mind you’re seeking. For a complimentary consultation with one of our hair loss and hair restoration experts, please contact us.

by Ken Robson

In business since August 1, 1986, I am the president and also a client at The Canadian Institute of Hair & Scalp Specialists. Having worked with a team of Doctors and Chemists over the years I have compiled a great deal of knowledge in this area, originally involved with a Pharmaceutical company manufacturing vitamins for the hair loss industry. Years ago I was fascinated by the new developments in this area as my own hair was beginning to thin. Studying Trichology at the Toronto clinic I then opened my own office and have enjoyed it ever since.