Chapter 20. Seborrheic Dermatitis

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Mauro Picardo MD Director1 and
  2. Norma Cameli MD Dermatologist2

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch20

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Picardo, M. and Cameli, N. (2008) Seborrheic Dermatitis, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch20

Editor Information

  1. Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Unit of Cutaneous Fisopathology, San Gallicano Dermatological Institute, Rome, Italy

  2. 2

    Department of Aesthetic Dermatology, San Gallicano Dermatological Institute, Rome, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • seborrheic dermatitis - erythematous and scaling plaques;
  • topical antifungal treatment and metronidazole;
  • skin irritation as side effect;
  • nonpathogenic fungal Malassezia furfur (Pityrosporum ovale and P. orbiculare) role;
  • increased keratinocyte and sebocyte turnover and altered keratinization;
  • topical antifungals in seborrheic dermatitis treatment;
  • ketoconazole;
  • antifungal drugs;
  • RCTs analysis and topical steroid efficacy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Questions

  • References