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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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I got tinea versicolor on my skin, I think it may came because of the dun throw the summer. Please can you give me a name of any medicine I should get?

I got tinea versicolor on my skin, I think it may came because of the dun throw the summer. Please can you give me a name of any medicine I should get?

Topical meds: Having trouble interpreting the autocorrect, but treatment is generally the same. Topical antifungal medications (eg clotrimazole, terbinafine, etc), topical selenium sulfide, and topical zinc pyrithione are well-tolerated first-line therapies for tinea versicolor Read more

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If you have a very light white patch on your face does it mean you have vitiligo? Doe tinea versicolor appear on face?

If you have a very light white patch on your face does it mean you have vitiligo? Doe tinea versicolor appear on face?

Maybe, maybe not: Vitiligo is the complete absence of pigment in an area of skin. Tinea versicolor often shows a light patch of skin but it still contains pigment. There are other conditions such as ash-leaf spots that exist. A doctor should evaluate to tease out the differences. Read more

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Hi, I have got tinea versicolor 3 month ago took 2x200mg ketoconazole for 7 days and now it's back and now on my face what should I do?

Hi, I have got tinea versicolor 3 month ago took 2x200mg ketoconazole for 7 days and now it's back and now on my face what should I do?

Infection: It is a fungal infection w/ the spore & pseudohyphae that sometimes not easy to eradicate completely. Keep a good personal hygiene. Also, your immune system and treatment received are important. Make sure you keep your fingernail short and always to wash your hand. Go to see dermatologist. Perhaps in addition to oral antifungal, you also need antifungal cream. Discuss further with your derm. Read more

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Tinea versicolor: I googled for the white spots on my skin and they look exactly like tinea versicolor. How can I kill it?

Tinea versicolor: I googled for the white spots on my skin and they look exactly like tinea versicolor. How can I kill it?

Selsun blue: You may try selsun blue shampoo. Lather every day in the shower for 5 minutes then rinse off. This is your soap, do not use any other soap. If this doesn't work then you may need to see your dermatologist for a stronger shampoo or an oral pill. Read more

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My baby was diagnosed having some type of tinea versicolor, given kind of clotrimazole, does my babys skin will back to normal color with this medicine, ?

Tinea Versicolor: Tinea versicolor is a common infection of healthy people caused by a fungus that is commonly found on normal human skin. There seems to be a genetic predisposition to develop tinea versicolor, the nature of which is poorly understood. This skin condition can be controlled but rarely cured. Read more

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Red cluster of bumps on my palm itchy but kinda sore I have real sensive skin problems and I also tinea versicolor on shoulders and back?

Red cluster of bumps on my palm itchy but kinda sore I have real sensive skin problems and I also tinea versicolor on shoulders and back?

See your doctor: Not enough info to be sure, any lesion in the palm or soles, should be checked for the sexual transmitted disease syphilis. It is rare but if risk factors are present should be checked. The tinea versicolor can be treated with anti-fungal but be aware that the discolorations may not improve for a long while even once the fungus is cleared. Read more

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Tinea versicolor (fungal skin infection) risk of recurrence?

Tinea versicolor (fungal skin infection) risk of recurrence?

Yes: This condition tends to recur. Best way to minimize recurrence is after infection is adequately treated, use over the counter anti-dandruff shampoo a few times a week as a "body soap" on the area affected by infection. This will help keep the causative yeast under better control. Read more

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Remedies & preventive for white skin spot, tinea versicolor. . .

Tinea Versicolor: Topical anti-fungal medications are the treatment of choice for tinea versicolor. The following topical antifungal treatment regimens have been shown to produce a greater than 70% clinical response rate: 2% Ketoconazole Cream applied once daily for 11-22 days 2% ketoconazole shampoo regimen (lathered over affected and surrounding areas and left on for at least 5 minutes for three days. Read more

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Long after the bacteria tinea versicolor was determined GONE from my chest, the lightened skin patch remains. How can I restore my skin pigmentation?

Whoa: First, tinea versicolor is a fungus, not a bacterium. Second, culture is famously unreliable as a means of determining that it's gone. Third, the fungus is ubiquitous and returns quickly -- you manage tinea versicolor long-term. Fourth, a single depigmented patch is unlikely to be tinea versicolor. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding or you need a second physician's opinion. Read more

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Have to have HIV to have a fungal skin infection such as tinea versicolor?

Have to have HIV to have a fungal skin infection such as tinea versicolor?

No: Tinea versicolor is a failry common skin infection with a fungus called malassezia furfur. A person does not need to have HIV infection in order to have a case of tinea versicolor. This can be treated by oral or topical antifungals depending on the extent of the infection. Read more

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Is loprox (ciclopirox) cream ok to use on my mild to oily skin on face to treat tinea versicolor or is the gel version better?

Is loprox (ciclopirox) cream ok to use on my mild to oily skin on face to treat tinea versicolor or is the gel version better?

Not much difference: The 3 topical formulations (gel, cream, lotion) available offer little difference for skin type...They just feel a bit different during application because of different consistency, but otherwise they all dry out relatively quickly and thus probably won't make much of a difference for you. So whatever you have/got, give it a try. U probably have more than just on face? Consult doc. Good luck. Read more

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How can I darken a region of lighter skin on my chest? I once had tinea versicolor but doctors determined the fungus to be gone. Is tanning ok?

How can I darken a region of lighter skin on my chest? I once had tinea versicolor but doctors determined the fungus to be gone. Is tanning ok?

I wouldn't try: This post-inflammatory pigmentation is to be expected. Exposing your skin to ultraviolet will age it faster than it needs to happen, and risks cancer down the road. Messing around with darkeners like permanganate is more likely to leave a mess. In real life, there are no movie-star-perfect bodies, and nobody cares. At your age, like any other, looks are 95% about fitness. Best wishes. Read more

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Is sulfur soap good to treat and prevent reoccurrence of tinea versicolor? And is there a faster way to rid the white spots on skin. Thank you!

The skin: Is the largest organ in the body. Thus it needs nutritional elements just the same as any other organ. Tenia versicolor is a low grade fungus infection of the skin and might respond to a course of fluconazole. Read more

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Oily products can make tinea versicolor worse. Can loprox (ciclopirox) cream applied on face make it worse? Is it an oily cream it contains mineral oil!

Oily products can make tinea versicolor worse. Can loprox (ciclopirox) cream applied on face make it worse? Is it an oily cream it contains mineral oil!

Occlusion is bad: Anything that occludes evaporation on the skin is bad for tinea versicolor, a fungal infection of the skin. Best to use products without oils like a water soluble cream. Lotrimin (clotrimazole) cream [over the counter] may help. Sometimes systemic antifungal therapy, prescribed by your doc, is needed. Make sure you wash towels in hot water and if possible bleach. This infection is spread on clothing & towels. Read more