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What are some suggsted treatments for tinea versicolor?

What are some suggsted treatments for tinea versicolor?

TV: Tinea versicolor is a superficial fungal skin infection that is characterized by discoloration of the skin (hypo-/hyperpigmentation), hence its name. It is often a chronic recurrent process. There are various treatments that include topical and oral agents. Since some of the oral agents are delivered through the sweat glands in the skin, physicians may recommend brisk exercise after the intake. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Pityriasis Versicolor (Definition)

Is a rash on the trunk and proximal extremities. It is very difficult to get rid of. You need to see a physician for a prescription of topical antifungal meds and may possible need to take medicine by mouth. You could try tea tree oil ...Read more


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What are some tinea versicolor, natural treatments?

What are some tinea versicolor, natural treatments?

Wrong question: Cyanide is "natural". So is poison ivy. What you need to know is what is effective & what is safe. Otc you can get Miconazole or Clotrimazole cream: cheap, safe, effective. You can also get head& shoulders or selsun or ketoconazole shampoo. Rub on the shampoo 1 or 2 hours before you get in the shower. Prescription azole tabs are the easiest treatment. ...Read more

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Is there any long term treatments to prevent the high recurrence rate of tinea versicolor all year long especially in summer ? Is this forever ?

Mainly cosmetic: Tinea versicolor is a primarily cosmetic disease; it does not cause any systemic invasion or illness. That being said, it is understandable to be annoyed by its recurrence. I would advise discussing with your doctor either monthly topical selenium or ketoconazole shampoo to the affected areas; alternatively, you can do a monthly oral dose of itraconazole during the warm months. ...Read more

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What treatments help with tinea versicolor and can I get the white spots back to normal?

What treatments help with tinea versicolor and can I get the white spots back to normal?

Try antifungal treat: topical antifungals work, spots will improve back to normal, plan a visit with your doctor if not better, I am available for second opinion if needed ...Read more

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How do you know when tinea versicolor is gone?

The lesion vanish: However, you're never "cured" because the fungus that causes it is ubiquitous. You can expect to be treated occasionally for years. Nobody knows why one person gets it and another doesn't, but thankfully it's easy to manage. ...Read more

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I have severe case of tinea versicolor help please?

Antifungals: Tinea versicolor is caused by yeast living on the skin. Typically, it can be treated topically with over the counter medications such as selenium sulfide, miconazole, clotrimazole. Severe cases may require the addition of oral antifungal medications, requiring a prescription. ...Read more

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I Have Tinea Versicolor. what effective drug should I use?

Topical anti fungal : Depending on the extension and location of the disease, you can use from Selenium Sulfide shampoo (like Selsun Blue) or Clotrimazole or terfinabine creams. Also oral antifungals can be taken for recalcitrant cases. You should expect that the skin discoloration may persist for months after treatment and resolution have occurred. ...Read more

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How can I tell tinea versicolor from vitiligo?

How can I tell tinea versicolor from vitiligo?

Simple: You can have a dermatologist perform a skin scraping as well as you can try anti-fungal shampoos or lotions. If it resolves with anti-fungal therapy it is tinea versicolor. Vitiligo is a permanent autoimmune disease where the melanin is lost for good. ...Read more

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