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Tinea Versicolor Scrotum
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
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
Not likely it was bc: Tinea versicolor is a fungal infetion that can come and go. It is not rare for it to relapse--and come back. Birth control pills won't treat it, so it is likely to have been coincidental. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, the 2% cream can be used twice a day for 2 weeks to treat Tinea versicolor. You should see your physician, however, before using, as tinea versicolor could be confused with other things, such as dermatitis or vitiligo, which would not be treated with an antifungal. Best wishes. ...Read more
One causes the other: Tinea can be caused by several yeast species. Pityrosporum orbiculare (old name: malassezia furfur) is believed to be associated with seborrheic dermatitis. This may be due to the infection or your body's immune response to the infection. It usually responds to antifungals in combination with anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more
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
I got tinea versicolor everywhere back, neck, chest, I just wanna get rid of this so I can take my shirt off?
Not easy: Tinea versicolor is a little difficult to resolve the uneven coloring, even after being treated as the sun unevenly tans the affected skin as opposed to the unaffected skin, highlighting the areas. I use an oral antifungal, called ketaconazole 2 weeks apart, combined with using a shampoo, either Nizoral (ketoconazole) or selsun blue type on a weekly basis. See your doctor for treatment! ...Read more
Does 150mg daily Fluconazole for three weeks seem like a high dosage for tinea versicolor and malassezia folliculitis?
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
I've had tinea versicolor for at least 10 years. Only on my trunk. Clotrimazole doesn't work fast enough. What else can I use?
What is the strongest over-the-counter medication I can get for tinea versicolor because selsun blue medicated does not work for me?
Tinea versicolor: Topical antifungal medications containing 2.5% selenium sulfide are often recommended. Selsun blue doesn't always work, because it only contains 1% selenium sulfide. Preparations containing more than 1% selenium sulfide are considered prescription strength. Ketoconazole ointment or ciclopirox as an alternative suppresses growth of malassezia furfur. Hydrogen peroxide may lessen symptoms. ...Read more
I'm using noble soap 2% piryritione zinc everyday when showering, can this help to get rid of tinea versicolor and prevent reccurance?
Maybe: But see your doctor and get a topical like ketaconazole cream to eradicate it. ...Read more
I've been given amoxicillin 625mg tablets 3 times a day for a tinea versicolor infection. Would this be effective in curing the disease?
No: Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus. Amoxicillin medication stops many types of bacterial infections, but does not stop fungal infections. Tinea versicolor can be treated by anti-fungal medications. Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo, used on the skin rash, can also be effective (one's primary care doctor can give the details). ...Read more
Looking for any suggestions on immediate relief options for extreme itchy skin due to tinea versicolor. The itch ends up hurting so badly?
Hello, about tinea versicolor, I know one of the topical treatments is using ketoconazol shampoo daily but how long? 1 month or 1week? Thanks
2 weeks: I recommend 2 weeks. You may want to reuse 2 days per month after that because it has a high recurrence rate. ...Read more
Tinea versicolor patches darker after using over the counter anti-fungal cream? Does tinea versicolor get worse before it starts to get better?
Pigmentation: Any fungal skin infection can leave either pigmented areas or complete loss of skin coloring: unfortunately, these changes are not reversible. ...Read more
I have tinea versicolor, I have been using a lotion for it, it mostly went away. I got sunburnt on top of it and its peeling and back. Is it TV?
Probably not, but: Not sure. Since TV damages skin pigment (hence the name versicolor), that area of skin is more sensitive to sunburn that normal skin. Also, with sun exposure, the normal skin gets darker and the contrast between that and the affected skin is greater. That could make it seem like the TV has recurred. Use sunscreen! Take OTC pain killer if needed. Retreat if symptoms recur or rash spreads. ...Read more
I'm pretty sure my 4 month old son has tinea versicolor. His doctor prescribed triamcinlone and its doing nothing. Is there anything else I can try?
I take a very small amount of ketoconazole for tinea versicolor, two pills every six months. Will this small amount effect my testosterone production?
Probably temporary: From my reading on your questions, orally administered ketoconazole can indeed affect testosterone synthesis. However, since you only take it every six months, even if you take a "hit" in terms of testosterone synthesis for a few days to a week or so, you ought to be fine. ...Read more
Have tinea versicolor. I took 400mg itraconazole for 7 days. Its been 6+months but hypopigmentation still on myback. Will diamondpeel help or tan in sun?
Regrettably this is very difficult to overcome.
If you have not already done so I strongly recommend a consult with a dermatologist.
I would not use diamond peel or tan in the sun until you have seen that specialist. ...Read more
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 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
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
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
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