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A 22-year-old male asked:

hello. is it safe to mix and apply different topical antifungal treatments (e.g. azole creams) together? i have suspected tinea versicolor. thank you.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Safe: But what is the point? No benefit to rubbing on one and then rubbing on another. Most effective treatment is Fluconazole pill, 2 pills a week apart. It will return, typically late summer. Use a dandruff shampoo on body in shower every day to inhibit the organism.
Dr. Elise Sadoun
Family Medicine 14 years experience
No benefit: There's not any benefit to mixing them, and you can increase the side effects.

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How should I treat my laundry to kill tinea versicolor?

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What is a tinea versicolor?

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Fungal skin problem: Tinea versicolor if a fungal skin infection, usually on the back, chest, abdomen, and neck. Selsun blue shampoo, containing selenium, can help. A person can put selsun blue on the rash areas, wait 10-15 minutes, and then take his regular shower. If he does this once a day for 3 days, then once a week for 3 weeks, and then once a month, it should work. Skin color takes many months to even out.
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A 40-year-old female asked:

What causes tinea versicolor?

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Fungus: Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus. Usually the particular type of fungus involved is malassezia furfur.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How long after tinea versicolor treatment is it okay to get a tan again?

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Dr. Norman Levine
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Tinea versicolr: It is never ok to get a tan since this represents skin injury which may someday come back to haunt you. There is nothing special with tinea versicolor which should prevent you from going into the sun.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Tinea versicolor - how long does it take for the little whitish spots to return to normal color?

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Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Tinea versicolor: It often takes several weeks or longer for your skin color to return to normal.

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