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Seborrhoeic dermatitis

Treating seborrhoeic dermatitis with homoeopathy

According to estimates of specialists, seborrhoeic dermatitis is among the most widespread skin pathologies on our planet. It is a skin inflammation caused by the proliferation of a small fungus called Malassezia furfur. This condition can be aggravated by a number of factors such as stress, pollution, excessive use of medication and fatigue. In most cases, seborrhoeic dermatitis affects adults, although infants can also catch the disease during the first few weeks after birth.


In adult subjects, seborrhoeic dermatitis begins with the formation of reddish and scaly patches on areas that have a high sebum content, mainly the scalp, face and grooves. It is characterized by severe itching and oozing lesions. During its development, the patches transform into dandruff that will spread beyond the seborrhoeic areas. In infants, seborrhoeic dermatitis in the form of “milk crust”, present mainly on the scalp and face.

Treating localized itching

In many cases, a surface treatment is sufficient to alleviate the inflammations caused by seborrhoeic dermatitis. It is especially recommended to apply ointments that contain Graphites (1%) or Mezereum (4%). These remedies have the effect of softening and moisturizing the skin. However, in order to limit the proliferation of the fungus responsible for the disease, antiseptic treatment is often recommended. Thus it requires care using Urticium gel or a Calendula-based ointment, both of whicn need to be applied two to three times a day.

Inflammations and severe lesions

Depending on the severity of itching and the location of the inflammations, remedies of dilutions ranging from 7 to 9 CH can be taken, in which case two daily intakes of 5 granules are recommended over a 2-month period. Thus, Natrum muriaticum 9 CH, Graphites 9 CH and Oleander 9 CH can be used to treat facial seborrhoeic dermatitis that appears on the scalp.  If itching reaches the limbs, Antimonium 9 CH, Anagallis 9 CH and Petroleum 9 CH are recommended. In case of itching occuring in the genital ara, take Croton tiglium 9 CH.

Tendency to eczema

Sometimes, seborrhoeic dermatitis manifests itself through oozing, squamous or cornified eczema. In that case, the daily intake of three to eight granules of the following remedies, diluted to 7 CH, is advisable: Arsenicum album, Arsenicum iodatum, Mazereum, Natrum sulfuricum et Antimonium crudum. If chronic inflammations appear and are accompanied by an eczema eruption, opt for a dose of Natrum muriaticum 15 CH, to be taken once a week, in combination with Apis mellifica, Urtica urens or Muriaticum acidum.

When should you consult a doctor?

In general, any unusual formation of dandruff on the scalp, as well as abnormal dermatitis, should lead the patient to seek further medical attention. The same applies when one knows that he or she has a genetic predisposition to skin pathologies or when such a condition occurs unexpectedly. Finally, if the skin rash persists, it is advisable to consut a dermatologist as soon as possible.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “seborrhoeic dermatitis”

Associated treatments

  • Calcarea Carbonica Ostrearum
  • Lycopodium Clavatum
  • Natrum Muriaticum
  • Thuya Occidentalis
  • Tuberculinum
  • Viola Tricolor

Associated pathologies

  • Anxiety

Good to know: Homoeopathy is particularly effective for treating all types of seborrhoeic dermatitis. This type of therapy has mostly been effective in dealing with psychological disorders linked to the development of other pathologies

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.