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Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions

Picture of Cradle Cap

Picture of Cradle Cap

Cradle cap, or seborrheic dermatitis, is a scaly, red rash that forms on a baby's scalp. It is a form of eczema. The condition is common in infants and is usually present in the first few weeks of life. It gradually disappears over the course of weeks or months. Cradle cap does not usually cause discomfort or itching. The cause of cradle cap is unknown but the yeast, Pityrosporum ovale, may play a role.

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Text Reference: American Academy of Dermatology: “Seborrheic Dermatitis”