Awareness about seborrheic dermatitis among chennai population: a survey

Vaishnavi Sivakali Subramanian

AIM: To create awareness about seborrheic dermatitis among Chennai population.
Materials and method: The survey was carried out by preparing a set of questionnaires. These questionnaires were circulated among subjects to determine their awareness about Seborrheic dermatitis. The sample size for this survey was 100. Data collected was then analysed statistically with the help of SPSS online software.

RESULTS: Present study came out with a result of 62% were not aware about SD and 38% were reported to be aware. But all the subjects were aware what a dandruff is about. While evaluating the cause factor awareness for SD 47% were aware about causes leading to SD while 53% were not educated about it.37% population believed that dry and cold weather to be major cause for SD and 22% reported stress can also trigger the cause for SD. Diagnostic investigation knowledge were also seem to be less among the subjects for 27%, skin biopsy technique being used to diagnose SD was known only to 23%. Various treatment options are there for treating the seborrheic dermatitis, but only antifungal and corticosteroid preparations were most prevailing among the subjects.

CONCLUSION: From this study, we can conclude that the subjects were aware about dandruff but were not aware about the difference between SD and dandruff.

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