A condition wherein symptoms of both seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis are exhibited is known as sebopsoriasis . It is usually noticed on the face and scalp. It appears as red or yellow bumps and is slightly greasy. In the case of infants, this condition is known as cradle cap.
Sebopsoriasis can be treated as a transitional condition between psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. It shows the features of both these conditions. It describes a psoriasiform rash in a seborrheic distribution . This tends to be the best description when a specific and precise form of diagnosis is not reached. However, with time, it becomes clearer as to which condition the patient has.
Read on to know more about this condition.What Is Sebopsoriasis?
A person might be diagnosed with sebopsoriasis if he or she tends to show the symptoms of both psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis both on the scalp as well as on the face. Let us understand what each of these diseases looks like.
Although this condition can be seen across all age groups, it is most common in childhood/adolescence. It is also seen to rapidly increase in patients who are over 50 years of age.Causes Of Sebopsoriasis
The pathogenesis of sebopsoriasis is not fully understood. However, the following are thought to be the most likely causes:
More than the symptoms, it is the characteristics that work as a sign of sebopsoriasis. The following are the major features noticed :
It is diagnosed by its clinical appearance. The doctor would also consider a detailed history of the patient followed by a thorough examination. Skin biopsy might be performed in some severe cases . The results usually show histopathological features that are intermediate between seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.Treatment Of Sebopsoriasis
The treatment involves addressing both seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. The treatment procedure usually involves trying a variety of treatments and testing. This is to check to what the skin responds to the best.
Treatments include the following:
The severity of your symptoms is the determining factor behind what treatment procedure your doctor uses. Based on the symptoms, your sebopsoriasis can be classified as follows :
Currently, there is no cure for this condition . Your doctor will work with you to identify the best way to treat and manage the symptoms such that there is no or minimal effect on your quality of life. Doctors can also conclude what triggers the rash so that such triggers can be avoided in the future. Sometimes, the symptoms can get aggravated due to an outside cause such as allergies, stress, obesity or environmental conditions such as rough weather .