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Seborrheic eczema - sometimes the cause of thinning hair

Seborrheic eczema is not a contagious disease, but it can involve infection. It is first and foremost a skin disease, but in some cases it can also lead to hair loss.

Symptoms of seborrheic eczema include redness, scaling, oily skin due to the inflammation that occurs in the skin, and it is also common for the area to itch and hurt.

The underlying cause of seborrheic eczema is unclear but there seems to be a genetic component, as most sufferers are of Caucasian or Celtic descent. However, many people of other origins are also affected.

What happens in the skin is that the sebaceous glands start producing a form of sebum that is richer in triglycerides and cholesterol and poorer in free fatty acids than normal.

For some, the triggering factor may be the use of anabolic androgenic steroids. Another common cause is hormonal fluctuations, which occur at puberty or menopause, for example.


Seborrheic eczema in children

Seborrheic eczema has also been observed in newborn babies when the mother’s androgens are transmitted to the baby via the placenta.

Other diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, brain damage and/or stroke can also be associated with seborrheic eczema, as well as other factors that create imbalances in the body such as stress and chronic fatigue can both trigger eczema and make it worse.

The amount of the yeast Pityrosporon ovale (also called Malassezia furfur) has been shown to increase in seborrheic eczema. This excessive spreading of yeast causes irritation and inflammation of the skin.

Even if the inflammation is not directed at the hair follicle, the hair follicles can be affected as they are in close proximity to inflammatory cells. Inflamed skin is a very unhealthy environment for hair follicles to grow in, which is the real reason why many people lose hair as a result.

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Seborrheic eczema and hair transplantation

If you have lost part of your hair due to seborrheic eczema, you may be interested in a hair transplant to get your hair back.

The problem may be that surgery on active eczema where the skin is red and irritated and/or flaking can lead to inflammation and damaged hair follicles.

However, if you have been asymptomatic for at least four weeks, there is no problem whatsoever in carrying out a transplant. Click here to make an appointment for a free consultation!

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