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What is a tinea versicolor?

What is a tinea versicolor?

A fungal infection: Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin that can cause scaling and color changes. It commonly occurs on the chest, shoulders and upper back. The fungus that causes it can be found in many places, including the sweat someone leaves behind on a weight room bench. That is a reason why you may be asked to wipe down equipment after using it. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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 causes tinea versicolor?

What causes tinea versicolor?

Pityrosporum ovale: Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin caused by pityrosporum ovale. It usually presents as dark reddish-brown patches on the skin of the back, upper arms, axilla, chest, and neck. The patches sometimes appear lighter than the surrounding skin because they do not tan with sun exposure. Treatment is often with topical antifungals (e.g. Ketoconazole). ...Read more

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How can I treat tinea versicolor?

Several choices: If you're not adverse to taking a safe medication... the physicians I've known who've had this very common skin problem take a big ketoconazole tablet and then go work out to build up a sweat. Doing this once a month usually keeps tinea versicolor under control. Topical ketoconazole, or a selenium sulfide shampoo, are among your many other options. ...Read more

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Is tinea versicolor really unattractive?

Is tinea versicolor really unattractive?

Tinea versicolor: It can be unattractive in some cases especially if it is on exposed part of the skin. ...Read more

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What are good pills for tinea versicolor?

Topical treatment: I would recommend topical therapy first, such as selenium sulfide lotion (prescription.) while there are pills available that have an indication to treat fungal skin infections (ketoconazole, itraconazole are examples) there are significant risks associated with them, such as liver toxicity. ...Read more

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What can be used to treat tinea versicolor?

What can be used to treat tinea versicolor?

Many possibilities: This superficial skin fungal infection can be managed at first with one of numerous otc preparations which can be purchased at your pharmacy or online. If you try these and still need further care, see your doctor. There are oral antifungals by prescription. ...Read more

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Are there any tinea versicolor at home cures?

Head and shoulders: Use shampoos with zinc and/or selenium as a body wash in the shower. Leave the shampoo on for several minutes and then wash off. Recurrence is common. ...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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What is the best way to correct tinea versicolor?

What is the best way to correct tinea versicolor?

Topical vs oral: Can use topical antifungals such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole or terbinafine or can take oral anti-fungals if it is all over, such as ketoconazole, fluconazole. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for tinea versicolor?

What are some home remedies for tinea versicolor?

Selsun Blue: I'm not sure it's really a "home remedy, " since you have to buy it, but selsun blue shampoo works well as a body wash. ...Read more

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What is tinea versicolor and how can it be treated?

Tinea versicolor: Tinea versicolor is a superficial infection of the skin with a common yeast-like fungus. It occurs mostly on the trunk. It is usually treated with either topical antifungals or short-term oral antifungals. It commonly recurs. ...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 think I have tinea versicolor. How to tell for sure?

I think I have tinea versicolor. How to tell for sure?

Dermatolgist: A dermatologist will do a scrapping and look for the fungus with a microscope or use a wood's lamp that makes affected skin glow a yellowish green. ...Read more

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Tinea versicolor are there complications to this problem?

Yes: Looking bad. It's your business. This is EXTREMELY easy to treat and you have many options. It's not going to kill you, but ignoring it will impress most folks -- including people you may want to know closely -- as a sign of poor self-care. The treatments are totally innocuous. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have tinea versicolor or itchthyosis?

Quite different: Ichthyosis, literally "fish skin" is an hereditary dry skin which exhibits stiff scales ALL OVER. T. versicolor is a colonization of the surface of the skin on the shoulders and chest by a yeast/ fungus, showing pale areas with fine scales. T. versicolor is curable but will recur. Ichthyosis is treatable but not curable, requiring continuous daily treatment. ...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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What is the drug of choice for treating tinea versicolor?!?

Tinea Versicolor: Tinea versicolor is quite common particularly in the teens that I see. It is very difficult to treat but selenium sulfide (selsun) can help. Apply to affected areas and allow to dry on skin leave on for 30-60 minutes and wash off. Repeat daily up to 14 days. Other antifungal creams may be used for small areas. ...Read more

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What's recommended as a cure for tinea versicolor?

Prescription meds: This generally takes a simple prescription strength medication that most primary care docs can provide. I prescribe one in a lotion form. Contact your doc. ...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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What is the main reason behind tinea versicolor?

What is the main reason behind tinea versicolor?

See below: Tina versicolor is caused by a fungus of the genus malassezia. It is a dimorphic fungus that is part of normal skin flora. Transforming of the fugus from yeast cells to a pathogenic mycelial form is what cause the clinical disease. Why this happens is not completely understood but is associated with hot, humid weather, increased sweating and the use of topical skin oils. It is not bad hygiene. ...Read more

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Does going to a sauna help treat tinea versicolor?

Sauna and Skin: Nope. The opposite. The moist warm air may increase the infection not treat it. ...Read more

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What OTC medication will work for tinea versicolor?

Ketoconazole: Ketoconazole (nizoral) shampoo works well when used as a body wash. So can some of the other dandruff shampoos such as head and shoulders. ...Read more

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How should I treat my laundry to kill tinea versicolor?

How should I treat my laundry to kill tinea versicolor?

Treat yourself: You may have tinea versicolor. Apply selsun blue shampoo to skin, leave on for a few minutes, then rinse off in shower. Do this 2-3 times per week for a month to help treat the fungus. The laundry does not carry the fungus. ...Read more

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What is the difference between vitiligo and tinea versicolor?

What is the difference between vitiligo and tinea versicolor?

Lots!: Vitiligo is a loss of pigment in the basal layer of the skin, while tinea versicolor is a superficial fungal infection. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medication for tinea versicolor?

Selsun Blue: Tinea versicolor is caused by the fungus, malasezzia furfura or pityrosporum. We all have it on our skin, but some people get overgrowth causing the unwanted discolored marks usually on the trunk. It produces azaleic acid, which causes the skin to lighten. Products with selenium sulfide can be helpful, although I generally prescribe an oral pill, nizoral, (ketoconazole) taken just twice. Lana long, m.D, . ...Read more

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Hi... how do I use candid TV lotion for treating tinea versicolor?

Read the directions: There should be something with it. I suggest using a small amount to rub all over the affected skin. Wash off after a few hours or over night. Expect to see desired result in appearance after a few weeks. Expect recurrence. The more you sweat the more you will get TV. Oral azole pill (I give a single dose of fluconazole) is easiest, most effective, least expensive. ...Read more

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Can triancinolone acetonide be used to treat tinea versicolor effectively?

Can triancinolone acetonide be used to treat tinea versicolor effectively?

Wrong choice: This is the worst thing you can do for tinea versicolor. It will encourage fungal growth long-term and risk damaging your skin in the process. With all the different kinds of stuff that work for tinea versicolor, you can find something that works. ...Read more

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Remedy for tinea versicolor? I've had great success with ketaconazol. (spelling?)

Nizoral (ketoconazole)...: Nizoral (ketoconazole) is the market name. Take 400mg by mouth and do physical activity to sweat a lot Can be repeated in a week. Iron your undergarments....prevents recurrence. Takes body few weeks to normalize the pigmentary changes. ...Read more

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I am a 22 year old male diagnosed with tinea versicolor and have had it for almost 3 years and have tried everything and nothing has helped?

Nothing worked?: If it's tinea versicolor and you're being treated by a physician who knows how to manage it, it will melt away. If it didn't respond to the usual treatment, i'd consider the diagnosis needs to be reviewed. ...Read more

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How is tinea versicolor caused? Symptoms? Will it spread 2 another person by contact? My husbnd suspect it. Dctor said fungal, but the patches luklike so

It is fungal: It is usually spread by indirect contact, old towels or by lawn chairs, etc. It is a fungal infection, just a different type. Easily treated but mat take time, very common, don't feel poisened or contagous. ...Read more

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Hi there, I don't really have a question, but some additional advice would be helpful. My son has tinea versicolor, all over his back, shoulders, neck?

Hi there, I don't really have a question, but some additional advice would be helpful. My son has tinea versicolor, all over his back, shoulders, neck?

Add shampoo: This fungal infection looks terrible but patients don't typically have a lot of discomfort. Using the treatment your doctor, I assume, already gave you, in combination with a daily anti-fungal shampoo will make chances of re-infection less by removing spores from the reservoir in his hair. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed 400mg of ketoconazole once a month for six months to treat tinea versicolor will this small dosage work and will it take the fu?

I have been prescribed 400mg of ketoconazole once a month for six months to treat tinea versicolor will this small dosage work and will it take the fu?

Maybe: Topical antifungal medications containing 2.5% selenium sulfide shampoo are usually recommended. Oral antifungal options include 400 mg of ketoconazole or Fluconazole in a single dose, or ketoconazole 200 mg daily for 7 days. These regimens may be made more effective by having the patient exercise 1–2 hours after taking the antifungal, to induce sweating. ...Read more

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Is my tinea versicolor contagious? I have had it for over a year, and I want to make sure my boyfriend won't get it. Also, I am not sure how I contracted it in the first place.

Is my tinea versicolor contagious? I have had it for over a year, and I want to make sure my boyfriend won't get it. Also, I am not sure how I contracted it in the first place.

No,: No, the yeast that causes this condition is "an overgrowth" of a normal yeast that resides on our skin. Heat, sweating, oily skin, etc are environments that allow it to overgrow. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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How could I get rid of tinea versicolor?

Selenium wash: Try a selenium-containing shampoo or body wash, including selsun blue. ...Read more