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White hair like substance beneath beard. What could it be? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Nov-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hi Happy noon...
Doctor:Good afternoon.
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:Actually My concern is about my face skin..
User:I'm getting some minute white hair like substance beneath my bred hair...
User:even beneath mustache hair.. is it fat or ?
Doctor:Are you able to clear the substance?
Doctor:or is it stuck there?
User:yes, by scrubbing
Doctor:Do you feel itching?
Doctor:Is the area red?
User:nope not at all
Doctor:Do you notice similar while substance else where such as eyebrows, behind ear, nape of the neck or any other areas of the body?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:not felt ichy... no red around that area.. no where other thanface...
Doctor:Before I answer your question, can you provide me your age and if you have history of diabetes?
User:only behind hair.. and around nose edge..
User:I'm 30 yrs old.. no history regarding diabetes
Doctor:Thanks for answering my question. Now let me brief you.
Doctor:The white substance that you notice is medically termed seborrhea.
Doctor:It is something similar to dandruff.
Doctor:The scaling of skin, dirt is sometimes accompanied by fungal infection results in this white substance formation.
Doctor:As you do not have associated itching and redness
Doctor:it is not as severe as it can be.
User:Is it harmful?
Doctor:I suggest you to try cleaning the area with shampoo whenever you bathe and apply shampoo.
User:whats the best way to avoid these..
User:Apply shampoo at face?
Doctor:It can be controlled with good shampooing and by taking care of personal hygeine.
Doctor:Any antidandruff shampoo that you use can be tried.
Doctor:Alternatively medicated preparation such as Nizoral shampoo can be used.
Doctor:Apply and clean all the areas that reveal the white substance apart from your scalp.
Doctor:Yes, apply and clean using antidandruff shampoo
Doctor:All the areas that are affected - beard, corners of eye brows and your neck can be cleaned using shampoo.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:k thanks... to re-confirm Its like waxy white(fat), only at face beard, mostly at below lower lips..
Doctor:That's right.
User:thanks... happy day
Doctor:Your description is much similar to seborrhea.
Doctor:if you wish you can read about it from google
Doctor:and confirm the same.
Doctor:Do you have any other question?
User:but I googled with seborrhea ... Its showing some rashes above head wihich red colour..
Doctor:Redness and itching occurs when the skin gets inflammed secondary to seborrhea; a condition known as seborrheic dermatitis.
Doctor:you haven't gone into this inflammatory state.
User:ohhh k thanks for your suggestion... take care bye...
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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