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Seborrheic dermatitis (SD) is a chronic relapsing inflammatory process in the skin. SD has multiple clinical variants impacting both pediatric and adult populations as well as special populations such as those that are immunocompromised or suffer from neurologic disorders. SD often affects areas of the skin with greater sebaceous gland density and may cause a greasy appearance. Stress, anxiety, and emotion have all been suggested as both a trigger for and exacerbating factor of SD flares, however further investigation is required. Studies measuring quality of life indicate that SD may predispose patients to depression. Further, patients with SD often report embarrassment as a major complaint. The link between stress and SD should be carefully considered when caring for patients with SD. Management of both the psychological wellbeing and skin will have a potential synergistic effect on prognosis of patients.
KeywordsSeborrheic dermatitis Embarrassment Stress Anxiety
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