While most of us recognise eczema as a condition to affect our children’s arms, legs, chest, hands, face – pretty much anywhere on the body. But very few of us are aware of how eczema can affect the scalp despite the fact this is actually one of the most common areas of the body to develop eczema.
What are the symptoms?
In fact, the scalp is one of the most common places for eczema to develop. This is generally known as seborrheic dermatitis. This can be very itchy, irritating and the primary symptom of the condition is dandruff or ‘cradle cap’, which is when babies get this flaking skin from eczema on the scalp.
Eczema in the scalp is characterised by excessive itchiness, redness, a greasy texture, flaking skin, blistering skin, oozing pus or a discharge from the ear in extreme cases if the eczema has spread.
Sufferers of seborrheic dermatitis suffer from symptoms similar to other skin conditions such as psoriasis or allergic reactions. That is why it is important to examine your child’s scalp very closely to determine whether it is seborrheic dermatitis or a different condition. If you are still unsure then it may be wise to take your child to your local GP for a proper diagnosis.
Why does it form?
While eczema is predominantly a hereditary condition, eczema in the scalp can be triggered by some other factors too, so it is important to have a full awareness when trying to detect the cause of your child’s seborrheic dermatitis.
Eczema in the scalp can be due to an overproduction of the natural oils produced by glands within the scalp known as sebum. This can lead to an overgrowth of skin fungus which can increase dandruff symptoms and a development of seborrheic dermatitis. Greasy hair can also cause this overproduction of natural oils so an upkeep of hygiene in your child’s scalp is essential.
If your child is prone to very dry skin this can very easily lead to an irritated scalp that triggers eczema, or it can even be caused by simple exposure to an allergen. Alternatively, stress and weather conditions can both contribute to eczema in the scalp.
To help prevent eczema in your child’s scalp, you should take certain steps and precautions.
Firstly, prevent your child from any exposure to any suspected allergens to prevent any chance of further irritation being caused. You should always make sure your child’s scalp is thoroughly cleansed but, at the same time, not over washed.
It is important for you to find a balance between washing your child’s hair enough so that grease is prevented but not so much that it becomes dried out. It may be beneficial to shampoo your child’s hair after they have been sweating large amounts, e.g. after playing sports.
You might want to consider using the Syrinx Za Therapy Bar on your child’s scalp to prevent seborrheic dermatitis. This all natural, cold-processed soap is able to deeply cleanse and remove unwanted toxins from the scalp that could be contributing towards eczema. It soothes symptoms and relieves itching which could mean your child finally gets a peaceful, irritant-free night’s sleep.
To attain best results work the soap into a thick lather before applying, and then leave it on the scalp for about half an hour. In fact, you may find you achieve better results if you leave it on overnight then wash off with lukewarm water.
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